Published:  02:34 AM, 11 August 2019 Last Update: 02:36 AM, 11 August 2019

Medium-sized cows are in high demand

Medium-sized cows are in high demand

The cattle markets are pulsating with local-variety of cows ahead of Eid-ul-Azha as a shortage of sacrificial animals this time has pushed up the prices.A medium-sized cow is being sold at Tk 70,000 to Tk 1 lakh at cattle markets in Shiber Bazar, Mathar Bazar, Dutiar Dighirpar, Chhoygram, Chanpur Bazar and Chawkbazar of the district town.

  "Demand of middle-sized cattle is high," said Azmal Hossain, selling cattle at Chanpur market. "The price is quite satisfactory."Abdus Salam, a banker, bought a mid-sized cow for Tk 95,000. "The price this year seemed to be higher than the previous year," he said. "Last year, a similar sized cow cost Tk 70,000."

One of the reasons for the high price is shortage of 60,000 sacrificial animals. Cumilla livestock officer Dr Nazrul Islam Nazrul hoped that animals from other districts would fill the deficit. Currently, there are 2,57,000 animals in the markets against a demand of 3,15,000 ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha. According to Nazrul, 3,11,112 animals were sacrificed in the district last year. The district is facing a shortage of 60,000 sacrificial animals this year.

Cumilla livestock officer Dr Nazrul Islam Nazrul hopes that animals from other districts would fill the deficit. Currently, there are 2,57,000 animals in the markets against a demand of 3,15,000 ahead of the Eid-ul Azha. According to the livestock office, a total of 3,11,112 animals were sacrificed in the district last year, reports UNB. He said farmers and cattle rearers in Cumilla will get desired prices for their animals if the decision not to import cattle from India and Myanmar is implemented strictly.

Earlier in August, the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) said there are more than enough locally-reared cattle to meet the huge demand for sacrificial animals during the Eid. DLS Director General Hiresh Ranjan Bhowmik told that 5,77,416 commercial farms and farmers have around 1,17,88,563 sacrificial animals ready against a demand for 1,10,00,000.

"It'll be a win-win situation for the cattle farmers and buyers as there's a surplus stock of sacrificial animals while cattle inflow from India declined significantly," he said. He said farmers and cattle rearers in Cumilla will get desired prices for their animals if the decision not to import cattle from India and Myanmar is implemented strictly. Meanwhile, cattle market set up on the roads at Bakhrabad and Neura of the town is obstructing vehicular movement.


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