Despite a sufficient stock of cattle, the price of sacrificial animals is likely to rise during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha as the ongoing floods may create an obstacle to transporting cattle to markets across the country.
Our district correspondents informed that road networks in different regions, particularly in northern districts, had been severely damaged due to the monsoon rainfalls which have been continuing for over a week.
According to the Department of Livestock Services (DLS), this year the country has a sufficient reserve of 11,557,000 cows and goats, most of which are home-reared, for the annual Muslim festival of sacrifice.
This represents a surplus on the estimated 10.5 million cattle which were sold during the last Eid-ul-Azha and the 9.64m in 2015.
“If the flood situation does not deteriorate, the demand for cattle may increase by 10% (and) we think the demand could be met by our home-grown cattle,” DLS Director General MD Ainul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune. “If the flooding continues, the demand will decrease, resulting in a surplus of cattle.”
A DLS source said there were 23.8 million cows and buffalo, and 12m sheep and goats in the country.
At least 57 people died and over 25 districts were inundated in the northern and north-eastern regions due to the monsoon floods triggered by heavy downpours in catchment areas of the Brahmaputra and Ganges rivers, according to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM).
With the highest death toll, Dinajpur saw 23 people killed, while nine people died in Kurigram.
DDM data showed that the floods left around 3,326,864 people of the districts severely affected and their properties badly damaged.