The meeting also decided to ask law enforcement agencies to curb smuggling of cattle into the country through the borders
The government yesterday banned import of all kind of sacrificial animals (cattle, buffalos, goats, sheep and camels) until Eid-ul-Azha, with the view that the country has sufficient cattle stock this year.
The ban came from an inter-ministerial meeting held at the secretariat with State Minister for Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, MP, in the chair.
The meeting also decided to ask law enforcement agencies to curb smuggling of cattle into the country through the borders.
Eid-ul-Azha is scheduled to be held in the middle of August this year.
A statement issued by the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry last evening said the inter-ministerial meeting also decided not to allow any import of any cattle into the country until Eid-ul-Azha, so that local producers can get fair prices.
The statement also said the stock of sacrificial animals in the country was estimated at 1.18 crore this year, higher than last year’s demand, which was 1.15 crore.
Out of total 1.15 crore livestock last year, the number of sacrificial animals was 1.05 crore.
This year’s stock included 458,200 cattle and buffalos, 7.2 million goats and sheep and 6,563 other sacrificial animals, the Ministry said.
The Ministry also said all required measures will be taken to ensure supply and safety of sacrificial animals at the markets.
It said measures had been taken to organize 24 cattle markets in different areas of two city corporations in Dhaka and every market would get two veterinary medical teams.
Among 24 markets initiated, the Dhaka North City Corporation will get 10 while Dhaka South City Corporation will have 14 markets.