The cattle markets in the city of Dhaka have started to gain momentum ahead of ensuing the holy Eid-ul-Azha to be observed in the country.
The city dwellers have started to throng the makeshift cattle markets across the city from this morning.
Visits to some of the cattle markets in the city’s Gabtoli, Uttar Shahjahanpur, Kamalapur Stadium, it was found that the supply of the local cows and goats were in plenty.
Talking the buyers and sellers of sacrificial animals, it was learnt that the small and medium-sized cows are among the choice list of the religious muslims as they are preferring bulls ranging from Tk 50,000 to Tk 70,000.
According to the Local Government sources, 24 cattle markets have been set up in the capital in different areas from Wednesday while buying and selling of animals would continue in those markets before the Eid day.
The veterinary doctors are examining the health of the cows, goats and buffaloes at the entry of the cattle market. While paying a visit to the Gabtoli cattle market, it was found that the bulls, buffaloes, goats, camels and lambs were in sufficient numbers with the price of the bulls ranging from Tk 50,000 to Tk 5 lakh as the goats ranging from Tk 8,000 to Tk 25,000 on average.
Besides, three camels have arrived at the Gabtoli market with separate price of Tk 15 lakh, Tk 16 lakh and Tk 17 lakh.
Owners of the camel, M Roky Rahman said, ‘These three camels were bought from India and many are enquiring about the price of these.’
Talking to BSS, a private bank official Monowar Hossain said he had purchased a cow from the Gabtoli market with Taka 68,000 adding, ‘It seems to be me that the price of the cows is a bit high this year from last year.’
Talking to the correspondent, a goat trader named Jasim Uddin at Uttar Shahjahanpur adjacent to the Khailgaon rail gate, said he came to this market on Wednesday night with a herd of 50 goats and so far he has sold some 10 goats.
The cattle traders and farmers are bringing their animals in the capital especially from Kurigram, Jamalpur, Joypurhat, Kushtia, Meherpur, Madaripur, Rajbari, Sirajganj, Pabna, Satkhira, Jashore, Sunamganj, Nilphamari, Rangpur and Dinajpur.
According to the Local Government Division, some 2,362 cattle markets were set up across the country including 24 markets in the capital. Out of the 24 cattle markets in the capital, 10 have been set up at Dhaka North City Corporation while 14 have been set up at Dhaka South City Corporation.
To ensure proper security at the cattle markets, the law enforcement agencies have undertaken a multi-tier security measure at the markets including setting up police control room and watch tower at each market as well as booths have been set up for escorting money and detecting fake currency.