1.21cr sacrificial animals in country
Published : Thursday, 23 June, 2022 at 8:27 PM Count : 360
There will be no shortage of sacrificial animals for upcoming Eid-ul-Azha as 1,21,24,389 animals including cows, bulls, buffaloes and goats will appear in cattle markets for sale this year which is higher than the demand.
Besides, the government has taken full preparation to hold Eid-ul-Azha peacefully in the country, said Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim.
An inter-ministerial meeting on assessment of demand, supply and transportation of sacrificial animals was held at the conference room of Department of Livestock on Thursday. The minister chaired the meeting.
Minister SM Rezaul Karim said health guidelines will strictly be followed in sacrificial animal markets this year. Sick animals will not be allowed to enter the sacrificial animal markets and medical teams will be active in each market, he said.
Besides, adequate number of law enforcers will be deployed so that none of the buyers and sellers faces harassment or loss.
Rezaul Karim said if any farm owner wants to sell sacrificial animals directly from his farm, he will not have to pay hasil (tax). If any farm owner wants to take his animals to any remote haat (market), none will be able to force him to bring down his cattle on roads. The law enforcing agencies, local government units or municipality, upazila or union parishad and city corporation will ensure it.
Referring to the reliance on neighboring India for sacrificial animals, the Livestock minister said, "Bangladesh will not need to depend on others for sacricial animals. A revolutionary changes have come in Bangladesh's livestock sector. Our production in this sector has increased. We are now self-reliant in meat."
Fisheries and Livestock secretary Dr Muhammad Yamin Chowdhury, additional secretaries Shyamal Chandra Karmaker, Md Towfiqul Arif and SM Ferdous Alam, divisional commissioners, deputy director of the Fisheries and Livestock Information Department Md Shefaul Karim, Director General of the Department of Livestock Dr Manzur Mohammad Shahjada, senior officials of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Division, Information and Communication Technology Division, Dhaka North and South City Corporations, and representatives of the Bangladesh Dairy Farmers Association took part in the meeting.