Sacrificial animals worth Tk 13 crore are sold at the online market in Sylhet.
Send Liton, Sylhet Bureau Chief
Due to the epidemic, temporary animal markets have been set up across the country ahead of Eid-ul-Adha. Although it has frozen in some places, these animal markets are still waiting to freeze in some places. However, during the strict lockdown, the online animal market was launched at the initiative of the Department of Livestock. Although a temporary animal market has been set up, the sale of animals online has not lagged behind. In the last two weeks, 236,006 animals have been sold online across the country. The selling price of these is 1 thousand 85 crore 5 lakh 1 thousand 72 rupees. At this time, 2,252 animals have been sold online in Sylhet division. The market value of which is 13 crore 42 lakh 63 thousand 526 taka, according to the Department of Livestock.
According to the relevant sources, 1,006 sacrificial animals have been sold online in 14 days from July 2 to July 15. At present there are 1,006 animals online. Of these, 602 are being run by government initiatives, and 1,017 by private enterprises. In 14 days, 15 lakh 93 thousand 692 sacrificial animals have been uploaded in these online markets. Analyzing the information given by the Department of Livestock, it has been seen that Chittagong division is the most advanced in selling animals online. A total of 1 lakh 26 thousand 465 animals have been sold in this section, the market price of which is 694 crore 43 lakh 14 thousand 946 rupees. In the next place is Dhaka division. So far 25 thousand 751 animals have been sold in this division for 261 crore 42 lakh 47 thousand 146 rupees.
In Rajshahi division 29,300 cattle have been sold at a price of Tk 182.21 crore. In Khulna division, 6,146 sacrificial animals have been sold for 53 crore 54 lakh one thousand 200 rupees. 1,036 cattle sold in Barisal division for 9 crore 8 lakh 82 thousand 400 rupees
In Sylhet division 2 thousand 252 sacrificial animals have been sold for 13 crore 42 lakh 83 thousand 528 rupees. 19 thousand 925 animals were sold in Rangpur division at 111 crore 8 lakh 82 thousand 650 rupees and 75 animals were sold in Mymensingh division at 5 crore 8 lakh 35 thousand 650 rupees.
Director (Extension) of the Livestock Department Debashish Das told the media that the first online sale of sacrificial animals was started last year. That year, 6,000 animals were sold online. This year, the number of sacrificial animals sold online was higher than expected, but we have done better this year than last year. The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has recommended to keep the cattle market open till July 20 in compliance with the health rules.
He further said that the cattle market has been set up from July 15 in compliance with the health rules and now the trend of selling animals online may decrease a bit. Even then, for those who do not want to go to the market, online remains open. On July 15, 1 lakh 37 thousand 32 sacrificial animal information has been uploaded online. 24 thousand 85 animals were sold that day. The animals have been sold at a price of 153 crore 26 lakh 5 thousand 650 rupees
According to the Department of Livestock, the number of animals to be sacrificed this year is about 1 crore 19 lakh 17 thousand 85 out of which 45 lakh 48 thousand are cows and buffaloes, 63 lakh 75 thousand are goats and sheep and 4 thousand 85 are others.
In 2020, the country’s farms and farmers had prepared about 1 crore 18 lakh 97 thousand 500 cattle. According to the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, about 94 lakh 50 thousand 263 animals were sacrificed.
Sylhet District Livestock Officer. Rustam Ali said 1393 animals have been sold online in Sylhet district in the last 15 days with a market value of Tk 7 crore 74 lakh. At present, the online animal market in Sylhet district has information on more than 15,000 animals.