No scarcity of sacrificial animal in Rajshahi cattle markets

RAJSHAHI, Cattle markets here have no scarcity of

sacrificial animals with having a plenty supply of local animals including

imported ones as only five days have left for EidulAzha, one of the largest

religious festivals of Muslims.

While visiting different cattle markets this correspondent saw buyers'

utmost interest to buy local animals instead of artificially fattened ones

for health concerns.

Native animals were seen dominating the cattle markets than imported ones

as a large number of animals including buffalo, bull, oxen, goats and sheep

have been brought for selling in different markets.

Abdur Rashid, 48, a farmer of Itaghati village under Paba Upazila, said he

sold a bull at City hat yesterday at Taka 1.60 lakh. He has also four more

bulls for sell before the Eid.

Atiqur Rahman Kalu, Lease Holder of City Hat, said the cattle markets here

are witnessing a record supply of sacrificial animals as farmers boosted up

local animal production to meet its growing demand during Eid season.

He mentioned that both in rural and urban areas, the poor and marginalized

people including women have achieved tremendous successes in animal

production getting various assistances from the government and development

partners.

Rajshahi City Corporation allowed installation of eight makeshift cattle

markets in the city which has already began to draw huge cattle.

Traders said there were plenty of supplies of cattle in the markets and the

prices were similar to the previous EidulAzha.

The price of an ideal sized cow or buffalo starts from Tk 30,000 to

1,80,000 and a sheep or goat can be purchased from Tk 8,000 to 35,000 as per

its size, they said.

In addition to the city's biggest cattle marketCity haat, some temporary

markets have been set up at Court Bazaar, Shaheb Bazaar Zero point, Railway

Station, Court Station, Naodapara Aam Chattar and Kazla.

Meanwhile, currencyscreening machines were installed in cattle markets in

the city and nine upazilas of the district for resisting the use of fake

notes on the occasion of holy Eid.

Humayun Kabir, Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP), told

journalists that allout security measures were taken to ensure law and order

in and around the cattle markets.

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

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

Temporary security camps have been set up at every cattle market here, RMP

chief said, adding patrol teams and plainclothes police have also been asked

to act.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)