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Makeshift beef bazaar in the city thrives on sacrificial meat

  • Published at 03:52 pm August 13th, 2019
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People trading sacrificial meat of Eid on a makeshift market in Dhaka on Tuesday August 13, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Like in Malibagh, makeshift beef marketswere set up in various other areas of the capital, including Rampura, Badda, Mirpur, Natun Bazar and Mogbazar

There was an uncommon scene at Malibagh Rail Crossing on Eid day, where people were trading meat from sacrificed cattle.

People, mostly from low-income families, gathered to buy beef from those who collected it going from door to door, and seasonal traders who bought it from the poor at a low price.

Md Hedayetullah came to the market from Banasree to buy beef as he could not sacrifice any cattle. “I bought 5kg beef for my family for Tk2,000,” he said.

Saleha Begum of Badda said, “I didn’t go to collect beef from house to house this year. That's why I came here and bought 5kg for Tk1,500.”

Majid Miah, from Bogra, had brought 10 goats to a cattle market to the capital for sale but could not make the expected profits. He decided to work as an assistant to process meat of the sacrificed cattle at different houses in the capital instead, and thus collected 10 kg of beef.

“I am selling beef at Tk200 per kg as buyers are offering low prices due to high availability of beef this time of the year,” he said.

Md Humayun, also from Bogra said, “I come here every year during Eid-ul-Azha to make some extra money after collecting beef and selling it in the temporary market.”

“I’ve collected 8-10 kgs of beef this year and although the quality is not that good, I’m selling it for Tk300 per kg,” he said.

A seller, Hanif, said that he got 5 kg beef from his employer and sold it for Tk2,400.

Amena Begum living in a city slum told UNB that she procured 10-12 kg beef and sold the entire amount at Tk500 per kg.

Three young men were seen selling a huge amount of beef on a mat at Malibagh rail crossing.

Asked about the pile of beef, one of them, Md Imran, said, “Me and my two friends invested Tk50,000 and bought at least 170 kgs of beef from poor people in the city.”

He said they gathered beef at Tk200-300 per kg from Gulshan and Siddheswari areas. “We’re now selling beef at Tk500 per kg.”

Like in Malibagh, makeshift beef markets were set up in various other areas of the capital, including Rampura, Badda, Mirpur, Natun Bazar and Mogbazar.

There were more than enough locally-reared cattle in the country to meet the demand for sacrificial animals during the Eid-ul-Azha this year.

The Department of Livestock Services (DLS) said 577,416 commercial farms and farmers had around 11,788,563 sacrificial animals against a demand for 11,000,000.