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Business of sacrificial animal picks up in Khulna

August 11, 2019 00:00:00

Cattle markets in allover Khulna are now humming with customers as people from both the city and adjacent areas are rushing there to purchase their sacrificial animals with only a few hours are left for Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims.

Along with the customers, cattle traders from Jessore, Narail, and other areas are also coming to the markets with their finest sacrificial animals expecting better profit, reports BSS.

According to the Department of Livestock Services (DLS), about 0.15 million (one-and-a-half-lakh) sacrificial animals have already been stocked in the cattle markets whereas this year's demand is 0.125 million (1.25 lakh).

Both the district livestock office sources and traders said, the price of cattlehead is considerably cheaper than that in last year.

After visiting a few markets in the district and the metropolitan city it was found that the prices of sacrificial animals were ranging from Tk 50,000 to Tk 1.1 million (Tk 11 lakh).

Customers also expressed their satisfaction over the quality and price while purchasing sacrificial animals of their choice.

Market operators said besides the local rearers and traders, the wholesale cattle traders continued to send livestock at the markets in the city and nine upazilas of the district from different parts of the country.

Talking to the news agency, Bazar Super of KCC Selimur Rahman said KCC earned Tk 17.4 million (Tk 1.74 crore) as duty last year from selling over 10,000 cattleheads at KCC's Zoragate makeshift cattle market. This year KCC is expecting over Tk 20 million (Taka two crore) from cattle selling.

According to Khulna district livestock office, more than 1.12 lakh sacrificial animals were sold last year in Khulna division on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. He hoped selling over 1.20 lakh animal this year.

Markets operators installed adequate currency screening machines in all the cattle markets while police said steps were taken to ensure required security in the market places.

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