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Dhaka cattle traders still not making enough sales

  • Published at 02:03 am August 20th, 2018
Traders and customers busy bargaining at a cattle market in Dhaka on Sunday, August 19, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Customers say prices are comparatively higher than that of last year

Traders at Dhaka's biggest cattle market Gabtoli complained that they were still not making enough sales, although only a few days are left before Eid.

They claimed Sunday, that customers seemed less interested in buying rather they bargained about the prices more, than they usually do.

Cattle trader Kalam from Pabna said: “I think I will be able to sell all my seven cattle in the next two days.” He added the cattle market is yet to be filled with cattle.

Cattle-laden trucks were also seen entering the city through different points to reach Gabtoli and other makeshift markets in the two city corporations.

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, a customer said the traders were charging much higher prices than last year.

“It is still too early though, I will wait before buying a cow,” the customer said.

According to customers on Saturday, the prices are comparatively higher than that of last year.

Truck drivers said they had to pay some money (bribes) to certain people claiming to be members of “committees” while getting into the city. Those people were armed and prevented any truck from entering the city without money.

According to the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) around five million cows and 6.5 million buffaloes, goats and sheep are expected to be sacrificed in this year's Eid-ul-Azha, all over the country.

To facilitate fast and efficient waste disposal, the government has fixed 2,954 venues in 11 city corporations of the country for slaughtering sacrificial animals during this year’s Eid.

A total of 620 spots have been fixed for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), 543 for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), 210 for Rajshahi, 314 for Chittagong, 163 for Khulna, 135 for Barisal, 36 for Sylhet, 183 for Narayanganj, 190 for Comilla, 117 for Rangpur, and 443 for Gazipur city corporations.

At least 800,000 cows are up for sale online. Online cow selling have increased almost four times over the last three years.