Apart from the permanent cattle market in Gabtoli, there will be eight more temporary markets set up in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and 14 in Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) for ahead of Eid-ul-Azha on September 13.
The city corporations have instructed cattle traders not to bring their animals to the city before 3 to 4 days of Eid, but a large number of traders were found to be violating the rule.
DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq told the Dhaka Tribune that city corporation monitoring teams will visit every cattle market.
“If anyone violates our instructions, action will be taken against them,” he warned.
At the makeshift cattle market adjoining Eastern Housing at Mirpur section 6 and at the Gabtoli cattle market, this correspondent found that a large number of cattle traders have arrived from different districts including Pabna, Kushtia, Sirajganj, Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj among others.
Most animals in the two markets are home-reared.
However, the prices are anticipated to be higher than the last year, as traders say this year they have bought cattle from their localities for a high price.
The traders told the Dhaka Tribune that they set the price of an animal depending on it’s approximate weight. They are asking for an average of Tk50,000-60,000 for 100 kilograms of meat this year, while it was Tk40,000-50,000 last year.
Abdul Momin, a trader who came from Pabna to the Mirpur 6 cattle market, told the Dhaka Tribune: “This year the cattle will be costlier than the previous years. The customers will be paying extra Tk10,000 to Tk15,000 for 100 kilograms of meat.”
Momin said a cow of 150 kilograms was usually sold for Tk75,000, while this year it will be sold for Tk90,000 to Tk1,00000 because he has spent Tk60,000 to Tk 65,000.
Another trader, Sifatullah who came from Kushtia said: “I bought a cow of 120 kilograms for Tk30,000. Then I spent around Tk10,000 for its food, transportation and other maintenance. So it will be sold for Tk60,000 at least.”
Sifatullah said they came to the cattle market on Saturday.
Biplob, a voluntary supervisor of the market, told the Dhaka Tribune that a few customers were coming in every day and looking around asking prices, but few had started to purchase.
Most cattle markets are going to be set up at the same locations as the previous years. However, two new cattle markets at Shyampur and Donia have been added to Dhaka south.
The locations of the DSCC’s rest of temporary markets are going to be Jigatala-Hajaribagh, Dhupkhola, Rahmantganj playground, Meradia Bazar Khilgaon, Sadek Hossain Khoka playground, Shahjahanpur Moitri Shangha ground, Brothers Union Balurmath, Postogola-Shashanghat, Lalbagh Delwar Hossain playground, Kamrangirchar cattle market, Jatrabari kitchen market and the free space adjoining Kamlapur Rail Station.
DNCC’s temporary markets are: the open area near Khilkhet-Banorupa Residential Project area, the bridges at Uttara 15 and 16, Mirpur section 6, the open space adjoining Bhasantek Palli ground, Badda and the free space between Ashian City Housing and Bhatara.