Incurring loss, cattle traders leaving Dhaka with animals

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    Mohammad Azgar Ali was excited when he came to the Dhupkhola cattle market in Dhaka with his 16 bulls – hoping to make as good a profit as last year. But that excitement faded as he had to lose out on selling most of the animals and some remain unavailable.

    “I have already faced a loss of 3 million TK, selling 11 bulls. That’s why I take the rest of my bulls back home, “said Azgar, who came to Dhaka from Jhenaidah.

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    “I will face a loss of 10,000 Tk for each one as I will get them back. “But if I were selling them here, I would have to face a loss of 50,000 to 60,000 Tk for each bull,” said Azgar, who is preparing to take the bulls back to a truck around 8:00 a.m. today.

    Azgar said several dozen bull-carrying trucks have left the market and the picture is the same at every cattle market in Dhaka. He added that they bought extra bulls this year, believing that there would be a shortage of sacrificial animals in Bangladesh, but he was wrong. The number of animals was higher compared to customers.

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    Ismail Hossein, who was preparing to take back the four bulls from the cattle market, said: “I asked for 14 million TK for my big bull, which weighs about 22 maunds, but in the end I was ready to sell it for 4.5 million Tk Even then, he remained unwell. “

    However, Ismail decided to sell these animals to meat traders at reasonable prices.

    Saiful Islam, another cattle dealer in Dhupkhola who brought 15 bulls, could not sell five of them and lost Tk 5 million, selling 10.

    Many are not sacrificing animals this year or sharing them with others because of the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent fall, according to traders.

    Mohamed Sohel, a businessman and resident of Gandaria who remembered a cow every year, could not buy an animal this year as his income was hit.

    According to statistics from the Department of Livestock Services, about 1.19 million cattle are raised each year on average for sacrifice during Eid-ul-Azha. Last year, more than 1.1 million animals were sacrificed during religious festivals across the country.

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