The sale of sacrificial animals in the city’s makeshift cattle markets saw a good sign as a huge number of customers thronged for buying cattle before the Eid-ul-Azha.
“Traders are charging high price aiming to get a good profit this year as they are considering the supply of cattle low compared to the last year,” a customer identifying himself as Rafiqullah of Mirpur told BSS today.
He said many truckloads of sacrificial animals have been brought to the capital’s makeshift cattle markets on the occasion of the Eid, but the price should come down given the huge supply of animals.
A BSS correspondent who visited several cattle markets in the city today saw a large number of cattle traders to arrive from different districts including Pabna, Kushtia, Sirajganj, Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj with truckloads of cows.
A trader at Eastern Housing cattle market at Mirpur said most of the animals were home-reared so the price went high. He said sellers are charging higher prices for bulls of different sizes than those of last year. A medium-sized bull was around Taka 50,000 to 70,000 last year, which is around over Taka 1 lakh to Taka 1.2 lakh this year.
Customers are observing the market and waiting for more supply for which the number of sale is very low, the trader said.He said as the number of Indian cow is very low, people are depending on local cows but still the supply is not satisfactory.
A customer blamed cattle traders for high price this year. The city corporations earmarked 22 places for developing makeshift markets, of which 14 are within jurisdiction of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and eight under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), reports BSS.