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25 medical teams to monitor cattle health at Eid haats in Dhaka

  • Published at 11:20 pm July 17th, 2019
Traders and customers busy bargaining at a cattle market in Dhaka on Sunday, August 19, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Among the haats in the capital, 14 are in areas under Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and 11 are in areas under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC)

The Department of Livestock Services is set to deploy 25 medical teams in Dhaka during Eid-ul-Adha, to check the health of cattle and ensure they are suitable for sale at haats, according to officials of the department.

Among the haats in the capital, 14 are in areas under Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and 11 are in areas under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).

Outside Dhaka, one medical team will be deployed for every two upazilas, the officials added.

At the inauguration of a workshop on food safety and livestock, held at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies yesterday, Department of Livestock Services Director (Admin and Animal Health) Dr Abdul Jabbar Sikder said: “There will be 25 cattle haats at different areas of the capital, and 25 separate medical teams will be sent to them from our department.”

The workshop was jointly organized by the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“A total 11,788,000 cattle are ready to be sold across the country this year. Last year, 10,500,000 cattle were sold, so there is a chance of a surplus this year,” Jabbar said, adding that officials from related departments, including law enforcement officials and representatives of the two city corporations, were present during a meeting on the matter at the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries on Tuesday.

Jabbar further said one medical team would be deployed for every two upazilas outside the capital, due to a shortage of manpower.

DSCC Chief Estate Officer Md Rasel Sabrin told Dhaka Tribune the city corporations would handle the law and order situation in the field by conducting mobile court drives after the haats were in place.

“The lease of 12 haats has been completed, and that of two others [under the DSCC] is in process. Temporary haats will be set up from three days before Eid. We will announce the number of mobile court drives and the time period for which they will run later,” he added. 

Addressing the workshop yesterday, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder urged cattle traders to control their greed and not grow cattle in an unethical manner in order to make undue profits.

Presiding over the session, Bangladesh Food Safety Authority Chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque said: “There is some risk of getting contaminated food on Eid-ul-Adha. We have met with stakeholders and identified some of these risks, and will take measures to tackle them.”

Haats in capital

According to the city corporation sources, there are 25 locations for the set up temporary cattle haats during Eid-ul-Adha, in addition to the permanent Gabtoli Haat. 

The cattle haats in DSCC areas will be set up at Shanir Akhra-Daniya playground, adjacent to Kamalapur stadium, Meradia Bazar Playground, Dhupkhola playground, 41 Kawarteck playground, Gopibagh Balur Math, Lalbagh Rahmatganj playground, Hazaribagh field at Zigatola, Chairman’s house intersection in Kamrangirchar, 32 Shamsabad playground, Shyampur Balur Math, AT Amulia Model Town, Aftabnagar Eastern Housing Dawkandi Endulia and Maitree Shangho playground.

The cattle haats in DNCC areas will be set up at Kawla-Shialdanga, Sahidnagar Housing in Uttarkhan, Dhaka Polytechnic Institute,   north side of Mirpur DOHS,  Uttara-10 sector Switch gate to Kamarpara Bridge, near Bridge 1 & 2 at Uttara Sector 15, Eastern Housing at Mirpur- 6, Khilkhet Banorupa Residential Project,   Vatara (Sayed Nagar),  Mohammadpur Intellectual Road, and on both sides of 300 feet Road in Khilkhet. 

There is a dispute between the two city corporations over Aftabnagar haat.