Published:  12:40 AM, 09 August 2019

Crisis of sacrificial animals feared in Cox's Bazar

Crisis of sacrificial animals feared in Cox's Bazar Trader importing cattle from Myanmar through waterways in Cox's Bazar. -AA

A hold on import of cattle from Myanmar due to inclement weather alongside protecting the market of the local variety of cattle heads has stoked fears of a crisis of sacrificial animals for the people of Ukhiya and Teknaf. Deputy Commissioner Md Kamal Hossain confirmed the hold on import from Myanmar.     

The fear is that catering to the added demand caused by the huge influx of Rohingyas put the market under pressure.
Sacrificial animals are being imported from Myanmar every year. The local people of Cox's Bazar used to slaughter them during Eid-ul-Azha alongside the cattle heads of local farmers. However, at that time there was no pressure of the Rohingyas.

On August 25, 2017, influx of the Rohingyas began but in that year there was not much pressure. In 2018, a huge number of Rohingya people offered 'qurbani'. However, last year some 18,000 cattle were imported from Myanmar and so there was no sacrificial animal crisis in the whole district including Teknaf and Ukhiya.

This year, no sacrificial animal came from Myanmar through Teknaf corridor from August 3-5 due to inclement weather. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Md Kamal Hossain has imposed a ban on cattle import from Myanmar since Tuesday (August 6). In this regard, the Deputy Commissioner informed that import of cattle heads from Myanmar have been stopped to protect the local cattle market, reports UNB.

"Due to this, local farmers will be able to sell their cattle at fair price and moreover there will be brisk business of local variety of cattle heads," he added. Local farmers and farm owners would face loss if cattle heads come from Myanmar. So, cattle import from Myanmar has been stopped as per the government instruction to protect the local cattle market, said an official.

Meanwhile, after the information of the stoppage of import, the prices of cattle came up in the market. Selim Uddin, a cattle trader of Ukhiya, informed that the cattle farm owners have increased the price of their cattle because sacrificial animals did not come from Myanmar.

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