September 19, 2021, 5:08 pm
Nazrul Islam, Joypurhat: In Joypurhat attempts to sell sacrificial animals online have not been successful. District Livestock Officer Dr Mahfuzar Rahman said that 12,000 dairy farm owners and households have raised around one lakh cows, 68,000 goats and 20,000 sheep for selling them on the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha. He said that 32 cattle markets have been set up in the district including 21 permanent ones which have been completely closed due to the tough lockdown. So, the cattle farmers are in danger of losing this huge investment.
“In this situation of coronavirus infection, there will be a crisis in the sale of animals, but Dr Mahfuzur Rahman said that to deal with this crisis, we are making arrangements to sell animals online. Farmers said the cost of rearing cows has also increased due to increase the price of cow feed, medicines and electricity bill. The wholesalers are not coming to the cow’s house as the markets are closed. But there has been no response online either.
Idris Ali, a cow farmer of Bagicha village of Joypurhat town said, “As lockdown is going, there is no other way but to sell the cows from the farm more or less whatever. I would have got a little higher price if I had raised the cattle market but no way, we have to sell animals at Tk two or three thousand less than the previous year. ”Dairy farm owner Shadman Alif Mim Joy says, “I am trying to sell through online platforms as an alternative system. I can’t respond because, maximum buyers are not habituated in online system. ”
Other farmer Suman Mian of Saguna Charmatha area in sadar upazila said that for every cow rearing cost is Tk 4,000 per month including food, medicines rearing cost. And the cost of foreign breeds of cows is more than double.
At present the price of domestic breed cows is fixed at Tk 40,000 to Tk 70, 000 and foreign breeds at Tk 1.5 lakh to Tk five lakh. But if the cows are not sold, the farmers say, they will be under extra pressure to keep them again. Even if there is no large farm of goats and sheep in the district in every village poor farmers rear goats and sheep to sell in Eid Market.
They say that these people are not be able to come under the online system. A widow Shaheda Bibi of Kadripur village in Kalai upazila, Aanwar Hossain of Pakurtali area of sadar upazila said that even goats and sheep are scattered in the field, they have to buy husk and grass every day. In this situation, local knowledgeable persons said, if animals are installed in open spaces in a healthy manner, the crowd will be less. This will prevent corona infection as well as both sides will get benefit.
Meanwhile, on Monday, the government announced the conditional relaxation of lockdown restrictions from July 15 to July 22.