Buyers alleged that though there are adequate numbers of cattle in the market for Eid sacrifice, cattle traders are demanding higher prices for moderately-sized native cows than the previuos year.
According to the information of Rajshahi Livestock Department, there are a total of 323,684 animals, including 54,000 cows, 2,54,450 goats, 1,234 baffalos and 14,000 sheeps, will be produced at markets while a total of 2,53,000 animals are needed for Eid-ul-Azha sacrifice.
According to local sources, native cattles are dominating the market due to the ban on export of cattle to Bangladesh from neighbouring country India.
Despite of rain, buyers from all walks of life are crowding at different markets of the city.
Abdul Jabbar, a buyer from Bagmara upazila, said: “Usually we buy cattle for sacrifice in a group. In this year, price of local cattle is higher than previous year.”
Babor Mia, a cattle trader who buy cattle from Rajshahi City cattle market and sell in Dhaka's Gabtoli cattle market, alleged that markets were full with native cattle, but prices of the cattle was too high.
Atiqur Rahman, the lessee of Rajshahi City cattle market, biggest cattle market of the area said: “There are lot of native cattle in the markets and local farmers are also ready to produce huge amount of cattle in the markets in upcoming days.”
Colonel Matiur Rahman, sector commander of Border Gaurd Bangladesh (BGB), said: “Last year we collected over Tk6.92 crore, as taxes from cattle importers.
“This year, we have already collected about Tk22 crore from cattle exporters, as we have boost up our vigilance in border areas.”
Law enforcers of Rajshahi city have taken necessary steps to tighten security of the cattle markets.
Iftekhair Alam, an assistant commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP), said: “The RMP has already installed CCTV cameras at different markets of the city.”
Members of Detective Branch of police along with other law enforcers will stay in market to avoid any untoward situation, he added.