Eid-ul-Azha: Many large cows remain unsold

Country Today Desk

Many large-sized sacrificial animals remained unsold due to low demand in the market this year, frustrating cattle farmers across the country.

Several affected farmers told the Daily Sun that they were having a hard time as they could not sell their sacrificial animals due to low demand in the cattle market.

Shah Emran, general secretary of the Bangladesh Dairy Farmers’ Association (BDFA), told the Daily Sun that many large-sized remained unsold this year.

“Many cows worth Tk 2 lakh and more remained unsold, while the demand for small and medium-sized cows worth Tk 70,000 to Tk 1 lakh was high. Farmers would not invest in large-sized cattle in the future because of the losses they suffered this year,” he opined.

According to the statistics of the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry, a total of 2,173,626 cattle remained unsold this year across the country.

Many expatriates, youths, and female entrepreneurs invested in cattle farming after taking out loans from moneylenders with the hope of selling them ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

However, their dreams have been dashed, and many cattle farmers are now financially struggling as a result of unsold livestock.

A big-sized cow named Kalo Manik, weighing about 50 maunds, remained unsold though a customer gave its price at Tk 17 lakh at Gabtoli cattle market.

Farmer Jakir Hossain, who travelled from Mymensingh to the Gabtoli Cattle Market, claimed that customers had previously offered Tk 20 lakh for this cow, but this year he received a lower price and, therefore, returned the animal to his home.
He is now facing a serious financial crisis as fodder for the cow needs around Tk1800 every day.

A cattle trader, Abdus Salam, came from Dewanganj of Jamalpur with two big-sized cows to the Vatara cattle market in the capital. One of his cows weighed about 13 maunds and the other one was 15 maunds, but he could not sell the sacrificial animals.

A cattle trader, Abdus Salam, came from Dewanganj of Jamalpur with two big-sized cows to the Vatara cattle market in the capital. One of his cows weighed about 13 maunds and another one was 15 maunds but he could not sell the animals.

Hamida came from Tangail district with her cow weighing 45 maunds at Gabtoli Cattle Market till Eid day, but she could sell her small-sized cow.

Due to the financial crisis, the majority of customers avoided buying large animals, while many others offered Qurbani without any share, according to market insiders.

According to the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry, 99,50,763 cattle were sacrificed across the country this year, up from 90,93,242 the previous year.

A total of 1.21 crore sacrificial animals were raised for sale ahead of Eid-ul-Azha this year.

In the Dhaka division, more than 24, 91, 768 sacrificial animals, including over 11, 67,810 cattle and buffaloes, and over 13,23,711 goats and sheep, were slaughtered this year.

প্রকাশ :  July 14, 2022 1:07 pm