Shortage of Cattle this Eid Most Unlikely

BANGLADESH - The country is unlikely to face a shortage of cattle during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha as the supply of locally-reared cattle is quite enough to meet the demand for sacrificial animals, say officials.
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According to the fisheries and livestock ministry, 1.16 crore sacrificial animals are available this time compared to 1.04 crore last year.

According to The Daily Star, it also said there are 44.57 lakh sacrificial cattle and 71 lakh goats and sheep in the country.

The ministry's statistics show that Muslims across the country sacrificed some 1.15 crore cattle during last year's Eid-ul-Azha.

A number of cattle traders said the supply of locally-reared cattle has been increasing for the last several years, which has helped reduce dependence on cattle from neighbouring countries.

The traders also claimed that even if cattle are not imported from India, there will be no impact on the market this time.

Bangladesh Meat Merchants' Association (BMMA) has taken up different programmes to help restrict the entry of Indian cows into the local market.

The association leaders claimed that their campaign has helped boost the local production.

Cattle from India used to meet around 40 percent of the need for sacrificial animals during the Eid before the neighbouring country imposed restriction on cattle supply to Bangladesh, said BMMA.

Dependence on cattle from India and Myanmar has been on the decline for the last few years, mentioned leaders of the association.

AK Fazlul Haque Bhuiyan, professor at the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics of Bangladesh Agricultural University, told UNB that there is no doubt that local production would meet the demand for sacrificial animals.

Inadequate inflow of cattle from India for the last few years has paved the way for local farmers to rear cattle in big numbers, and this has been playing an important role in meeting the demand for cattle in the country, he pointed out.

Shah Imran, General Secretary of Bangladesh Dairy Farmers' Association, told UNB that the number of the sacrificial animals in the country is higher than the demand.

"So, there is no need to encourage import."

According to Border Guard Bangladesh, 3.15 lakh cattle were brought into the country from India from January to June this year.

Hiresh Ranjan Bhowmik, director general of the Department of Livestock Services (DLS), said they already asked the authorities concerned to strengthen vigilance along the border to prevent the entry of cows from India.

UNB correspondents from Jessore, Satkhira, Chapainawabganj, Kushtia, Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Cox's Bazar, Teknaf, Chuadanga, reported that the inflow of cattle from across the border came down ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, thanks to enforced vigilance by BGB and BSF.

Anjuman Ara Begum, customs revenue in-charge at Navaron Customs Corridor, said 5,000-7,000 cattle used to be brought from India via the Khatals (cowshed) of Putkhali corridor previously, but now the number has come down to 20-25 a day.

1 crore = 10 millions
1 lakh = 0.1 millions

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