Eid Cattle Markets
The cattle markets in the capital witnessed moderate sales yesterday, although the trading of sacrificial animals ahead of Eid-ul-Azha is yet to gain momentum.
The traders who could sell one-third of their sacrificial animals are hoping for a boost in sales from today, two days before the holy festival.
Many customers, however, complained that the traders were demanding higher prices for the cattle than they were last year, while many others said it was reasonable.
“I have purchased a bull with Tk 55,000 which is at least Tk 10,000 higher than that of the last year’s price,” said Abul Kasem, a resident of Keraniganj who came to the cattle market at Agargaon.
Mamunur Rahman, a resident of Taltola, who bought a middle size bull with Tk 40,000, said the same size bull cost him Tk 35,000 last year. He, however, pointed out that the price was reasonable considering the per kilogram meat price at the market.
Meanwhile, the traders seemed happy with the sale as they were getting a little higher price for their cattle this year and hoped to recuperate the loss they incurred last year.
“I made a profit by selling 13 bulls out of 20 till evening and could minimise the loss of Tk 60,000 I suffered last year,” said Robiul who came to the Agargaon market from Pabna.
Amir Hossain, a cattle trader of Kushtia who came to Rahmatganj cattle market on Tuesday, said he could sell only one bull out of four.
“The customer of Dhaka is mysterious. When we ask Tk 1 lakh for a bull, they want to give only Tk 45,000. Is there any justification for it,” he asked.
Apart from the bulls, Mirkadim’s cow, a variety of cattle reared at Mirkadim in Munshiganj, will be selling exclusively at the city’s Rahmatganj cattle market from Saturday. The meat of this variety of cow is tender with a distinct flavour.
Like the previous year, the two city corporations of Dhaka are providing sacks to customers free of cost to keep the garbage into the bag after slaughtering the sacrificial animals.
CATTLE MARKETS ON THE STREETS
Violating the directive of the government, almost all the cattle markets in the city have been set up on the streets causing immense traffic congestion.
After visiting five cattle markets in the capital yesterday, this correspondent found all of them have extended their markets occupying a major portion of adjoining roads.
The communication from Beribandh road near Swarighat to Killarmore has been severely hampered due to the extension of the Haji Delowar Hossain cattle market in Lalbagh. People who use the road have been facing serious problems.
“I had to walk around 30 minutes to go to Sadarghat from Islambagh as it was not possible to go there by rickshaw due to the cattle market,” said Sohel Ahmed, a resident of Islambagh.
Khalid Ahmed, chief estate officer of Dhaka South City Corporation, said they were checking it and would take actions accordingly.