• Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019
  • Last Update : 11:11 am

Gabtoli cattle market is yet to gain momentum

  • Published at 09:24 pm August 7th, 2019
Gabtoli cattle market is yet to gain momentum
Traders of sacrificial animal are napping at the city’s largest cattle market Gabtali, as customers are yet to rush to the market. Cattles started arriving at different cattle markets from far flung districts ahead of Eid-ul-Azha Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The market started receiving cattle including cows, buffalo, camels, sheep and goats from August 5

Supply of local cows and other sacrificial animals at the capital's Gabtoli cattle market is getting momentum day by day but very few buyers are turning up there. 

The market started receiving cattle including cows, buffalo, camels, sheep and goats from August 5.     

"We are expecting buyers' flow to the market from tomorrow (Thursday)," said Md Sanwar Hossain, a member of the market management committee. 

"Usually, the market starts to become vibrant four to five days before Eid, which continues till the day after the festival," he added.

Sanwar said that the prices of cattle would remain within the reach of the buyers.

Meanwhile, local suppliers have expressed fear about not getting fair prices for their cattle due to presence of Indian cattle in the market.

Abu Taleb Shikder, a farmer cum trader, said that he saw supply of Indian cows at Gabtoli market. 

"I brought my own cattle for a fair price. If the supply of Indian cattle continues to rise, I may not get fair price," he told Dhaka Tribune.

He said the transport cost was reasonable as there was no extortion.

Abu Taleb is asking Tk1,80,000 for his cow, supposed to yield 320kg meat. He has been offered Tk1,20,000, which he declined, hoping higher price.

Abu Bakar Siddik, from Mirpur upazila in Kushtia, said he brought some Indian cattle which he procured months ago. 

On July 16, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has banned import of cattle for sale as sacrificial animals.

The ministry said the country needed 1.15 crore sacrificial animals as per demand of the last year, and local supply was adequate.

In Dhaka's 24 cattle markets, Gabtoli cattle market is widely known as one of the biggest one in the country.

Local cows are supplied to the market from many places of the country including Kushtia, Shariatpur, Rajbari, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Ganbandha, Dinajpur, Chuadanga, Munshiganj, Madaripur and Mymensigh.

Ziaur Rahman, another cattle seller, entered the market on Tuesday with 17 local cows.

“My cows are healthy and fit to yield 120kg to 160kg meat. Their prices are ranged between Tk85,000 to Tk1,20,000,” he added.

Biggest cow so far at Tk40 lakh

The owner of the so-far biggest cow named 'Juboraj' – a Holstein Friesian type – asked for Tk40 lakh. The black colored bull hails from Jhenaidah.

Some other biggest cows drew attention of the customers which are Holstein Friesian as well. Such as 'Rajababu' from Munsiganj, 'Beerbahadur' from Pabna, 'Big Boss' from Sylhet. 

Other animals

There are also goats, buffaloes, camels placed into the market. Only three camels were displayed on Wednesday, price at Tk16lakhs. The camels are came from India's Rajasthan state. 

Abdul Halim, a  herdsmen of goats, hailer of Munsiganj said: “The goats' price starts at Tk5000 upto Tk30,000.”