Khulna cattle markets get momentum

KHULNA, Cattle markets in the industrial city and nine upazilas of the district have become vibrant as sacrificial animals started pouring into local cattle markets ahead of the EidulAzha.

Market operators said wholesale cattle traders are sending livestock to the city markets and nine upazilas of the district from different districts in Khulna division.

There is no shortage of cattle supply to the markets, though there are no

Indian cattle this year, said Shahidul Islam, a cattle trader who came from

Kalia upazila of Narail.

But market observers and buyers said the price of a medium sized cow ranged

between Tk 50,000 and 80,000 and goats are being sold at prices between Tk

15,000 and Tk 20,0000, which appears a little higher than the previous years.

Traders attributed the higher price to the soaring price of animal feed

and transport cost.

Talking to BSS, Bazar Super of KCC Md Selemur Rahman said KCC earned Tk

1.65 crore selling over 7,032 sacrificial animals last year at KCC's Zoragate

makeshift cattle market.

He hoped that the city corporation would make profit of Taka 2 crore from

the sale of 10,000 cattle.

A total of 29 cattle markets were set up at nine upazilas of the district.

Khulna District Livestock Officer Agriculturist Md Abdul Hannan told BSS

that a total of 1, 12,365 sacrificial animals were sold before EidulAzha

last year in Khulna division.

He hoped that selling of sacrificial animals may cross over 1, 25,000 this

year.

Markets operators installed adequate currency screening machines at all the

cattle markets.

Law enforcers said steps were taken to ensure required security in the

market places.

Khulna Metropolitan Police Commissioner (KMP) Md Lutful Kabir said, We

have taken threetier security measures with a number of close circuit

cameras (CCTV) at the Zoragate cattle market.

Besides, we have introduced a special traffic management system to ease

traffic congestion in and around the markets in the city, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)