Indian sacrificial cattle are entering across the border areas of Rajshahi although the adjacent markets already have abundance of local cattle, sources said.
Local breed fresh cattle reared by local farmers are not getting adequate price of even at the Korbani market. Corona and floods have exacerbated the crisis.
Sources said many Indian cattle are still coming on the border of Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj. A large part of these are being made available at Rajshahi city market. “People are also bringing Indian cattle’s to the market targeting sacrifices. As a result, there is no price for domestic cattle.” Hasinur Rahman Sumon a cattle trader said.
According to the Rajshahi Livestock Department officials, there are about one lakh cows and buffaloes displayed in different cattle market of the district. Apart from that there are two lakh goats also available. The officials feared that even after the sacrifice, there will be a surplus of one lakh cattle. In this situation, there is no need to import cows from India.
“The local farmers are disappointed. They say that this time the farmers are selling their cattle at a lower price due to the floods. But the market is not jammed because of Corona. Thus the price of the animal is low. Local farmers are being forced to sell domestic cows at low prices. Farmers and traders are being affected,” Abdur Rahman, a cattle grower of Rajsahi said
In this regard, BGB Rajshahi 1st Battalion Commander Lt. Colonel Ferdous Ziauddin Mahmud told the Business Mirror that they have four khadal in Rajshahi among which he heard that Indian cattle’s were entering through one of the beds. Abdus Salam, a farmer in Tanore district, said that in other years, cattle traders used to buy cows from cattle keepers in front of the Korbani Hat in Dhaka.