Friday, 12 August, 2022

Cattle sale yet to gain momentum

Cattle sale yet to gain momentum

Sale at the cattle markets in the city is yet to pick up as the customers were mostly gauging the prices at various markets on Tuesday.

Traders said the sale has yet to pick up though a large number of cattle have been brought to the capital four days ahead of Eid-ul-Azha and many more are on the way.

Buyers said the price of cattle is much higher than last year. Traders said the price has increased due to the higher price of cattle feed.

A large number of cows, goats, sheep, camels and buffalo have been put on sale in different cattle markets in the city.

Many buyers were also seen visiting the markets and checking the prices before making a decision.

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has set up eight and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has set up 10 makeshift cattle markets in the capital this year.

Two permanent cattle markets at Gabtoli under DNCC and Sarulia under DSCC are also gearing up ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

Meanwhile, most of the buyers are searching for small and medium-sized cows at the cattle market.

“The price of small local cattle was higher as most of the buyers are searching for small to medium sized cattle,” said Safiqul Islam, a buyer at Kachukhet Bazar Cattle market.

Rofiqul, a cattle trader at the cattle market, said he bought eight cows from Jhenidah on Monday and sold only two of those.   “The cows were selling between Tk 120,000 to Tk 160,000 each,” he said, adding that he will bring more cows from the local cattle market.

Raihan Ahmed, another cattle trader, said the sale of cattle is yet to pick up in the city as only the buyers who have space to store cattle in their cattle are buying cattle now.

“Sale will start in full swing from Friday,” he said.

Traders from different parts of the country including Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Barishal, Kushtia, Madaripur, Bogra, Barishal, Pabna, Sirajganj, Rangpur, Manikganj, Ishwardi, Mymensingh and Khulna were busy bringing truckloads of sacrificial animals to the capital.

The country has a stock of 121 million sacrificial animals this year for the Eid-ul-Azha, according to the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry data.

The number of sacrificial animals was hovering around 119 million last year.