CHATTOGRAM: The country witnessed a boom in trading sacrificial animal online ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, this year.
A total of 349,428 sacrificial animals were sold for around Tk 2,424.09 crore across the country until Monday while only 87,000 cattle were sold last year through online platform.Highest 154,012 sacrificial animals were sold for around Tk 1123.51 crore in Chattogram Division through the online platform introduced by the government until Monday.
The government launched an online platform named ‘Digital Haat’ to help cattle traders sell sacrificial animals countrywide on July 2.
It is being run by the joint management of the ICT Division and the e-Commerce Association Bangladesh (e-CAB).
The initiative is aimed at encouraging people to buy the cattle without going to the markets to avoid transmission of the lethal coronavirus.
Sources in the Department of Livestock Service (DLS) said a total of 30,921 sacrificial animals worth around Tk 217.46 crore were sold through the online platform at the eight divisions of the country on Monday.
Of them, a total of 4,727 animals were sold for around Tk 49.16 crore in 11 districts of Chattogram Division on the day.The total number of cattle sales across the country stood at 349,428 worth around Tk 2,424.09 crore until Monday, said the sources. On the other hand, a total of 119,000 sacrificial animals worth Tk 863.17 crore were sold alone at Chattogram district until Sunday.
The contribution of the Chattogram Division stood at 46.87 percent in terms of number of sold animals while 48.68 percent in terms of amount of the earned money until Sunday.
Besides, the seven other divisions sold a total of 195,416 animals for around Tk 1300.58 crore until Monday. Second-highest 53,114 cattle worth Tk 491.64 crore were sold in Dhaka Division while third-highest 52,135 animals were sold for Tk 310.84 crore in Rajshahi Division.
Sources said there are 109 online platforms, including 91 of government, for cattle trading in Chattogram division against the total 1,768 platforms, including 602 of the government, across the country.
On the online platforms, the traders of Chattogram Division displayed 430,742 cattle, including 373,366 bulls and buffalos, against 1785,521 animals, including 1459,580 bulls and buffalos, across the country.