According to the traders the market there is large supply of cattle in the market.
Visiting different cattle markets in the city, this correspondent saw a large number of cows, buffaloes, goats and sheep.
It was noted that most buyers were not committing to buying livestock yet as they were gaging the price in different markets.
Buyers alleged that the prices this year are higher than last year which the cattle traders say is because of the rise in prices of cattle feed.
This time Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) authorities leased out two permanent and six makeshift cattle markets in the city for around Tk15 crore.
The two permanent markets are in Sagarika and Bibirhat areas while the makeshift markets are located in the city’s Karnaphuli, Saltgola Rail Crossing, Steel Mill, Komol Mohajon Hat, Patenga City Corporation High School and Postarpar School areas.
Oli Ullah, president of Chittagong Cattle Traders Cooperative Association Ltd said: “There is a huge demand for local cows in Chittagong. The cattle reared in different farms of Chittagong fulfill 30% of the demand of sacrificial animals while rest is procured from different parts of country like Bogra, Kushtia, Jessore, Faridpur and Chapainawabganj.”
According to the district livestock office, there are a total of 302 regular cattle farms in Chittagong.
There are as many as 3000 farms where cattle are raised by individual farmers particularly for Eid-ul-Azha.
The district livestock office estimates that 4,91,750 heads of cattle are currently available in Chittagong for sacrificial purposes.
Dr Md Reajul Huq, district livestock officer, Chittagong said that veterinary teams comprising veterinary surgeons, veterinary field assistants and students from Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) would be on-duty to examine the health of sacrificial animals brought into the cattle markets of Chittagong.
Chittagong Deputy Dommissioner Mesbah Uddin announced that they would conduct mobile courts to evict unauthorised cattle markets from the city and district.
While speaking at a special law and order meeting held on September 1, the DC said: “We will not stoop to any political pressure and we will not allow any unauthorized cattle markets.”
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Chittagong SP Noor E Alam Mina vowed that they would not allow any public sufferings triggered by unauthorised cattle market particularly on the highways.
“As many as 3000 policemen will be deployed in plainclothes and in uniform to maintain law and order in and around the cattle markets of the district.
We request people to seek our assistance in carrying a large sums of money during the holy festival,” said the SP.
Cattle markets spreading to the busy thoroughfares are a common scenario every year during Eid-ul-Azha.
In many places of the country, unauthorized cattle markets are set up by local influential people, allegedly, backed by ruling party men.
Last year on September 21, two people were killed and five others were injured in a cattle market during an armed clash between two groups of the ruling party, reportedly, over assuming control of the market.