Eid: cattle trade Uncertainty looms over
Online Desk – Cattle traders are worried due to the uncertainty created over cattle trade before Eid-ul-Azha amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Many people become jobless due to the disruption and slowdown in economic activities amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
A large section of middle and lower-income groups are facing hardship in maintaining livelihoods during this pandemic time.
Cattle traders fear that the sales of sacrificial animals will be much lower ahead of Eid-ul-Azha this year as the purchasing capacity of people has been affected by the disruption caused by the pandemic.
Imran Hossain, president of Bangladesh Dairy Farmers’ Association, said most people are facing financial crisis, which might affect cattle trade this year.
Around 1.15-1.20 crore sacrificial animals are ready to hit the cattle market across the country ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, said Dr ABM Khaleduzzaman, assistant director (farm) of Department of Livestock Services (DLS).
Last year 1.18 crore sacrificial animals were ready against the demand of 1.11 crore, he said, adding that each year demand increases by around 10 per cent.
More than 5 lakh cattle farmers raised the cattle to sell them before Eid-ul-Azha, said the official.
He said they will maintain health awareness in the cattle market, but 20-25 per cent cattle might remain unsold this year.
The Department of Livestock Services (DLS) will arrange mobile sacrificial animal sell system across the country and will also set up an online trade process to help farmers sell their cattle online, said Khaleduzzaman.
A vast number of marginal people including 5 lakh listed farms are engaged in the cattle sector. They are taking extra care to their cow, goat, buffaloes, sheep and other animals in the hope of making some profits from cattle trade ahead of Eid.
Imran Hossain also said cattle farmers are already facing a crisis as the sales of meat have already dropped by 20 per cent in the last few months.
Many marginal farmers could not sell their cattle during the pandemic due to lower meat trading in the country, he said, adding that those unsold cattle will come to the Eid cattle market.
Huge quantity of cattle stock in the country and thin turnout of buyers may also decrease the price of sacrificial animals ahead of Eid, he added.
Ainal Hossain, a cattle farmer from Kushtia, said he raised four cows and 10 goats to sell them ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. But he is worried over the uncertainty over cattle trade this year.