Sale of sacrificial animals has got momentum four days ahead of the holy Eid-ul-Azha amid record supply in the cattle markets following surplus production in Rangpur division.
Cattle traders at the bigger markets said the buyers are purchasing mostly the locally reared middle-sized cattle-heads as sacrificial animals than the imported ones.
Divisional Deputy Director of the Department of Livestock Dr Mahbubur Rahman said 1.10 lakh cattle farms have produced 5.30 lakh sacrificial animals against the demand of 4.28 lakh in all eight districts under Rangpur division this season.
The cattle farms have produced about 3.51 lakh cows, 3,900 buffalos, 1.28 lakh goats and 47,500 sheep as sacrificial animals this time in the division in addition to those reared by the small and marginal farmers at homes.
"We have 1.02 lakh surplus sacrificial animals in Rangpur division and there is no need of importing animals to meet local demand for ensuring fair price of the locally reared cattle-heads," Dr Rahman added.
District Livestock Officer for Rangpur Dr Mahbub Alam said the cattle farms have produced over two lakh sacrificial animals, including 1.50 lakh cows, against the demand of 1.40 lakh in Rangpur district this season.
According to officials and cattle traders, the administrations concerned have taken adequate security measures for smooth marketing in the cattle markets and carrying of cattle-heads on the roads and highways.
"Currency screening machines have been installed at major cattle markets to prevent use of fake notes and numbers of law enforcement agencies are patrolling to ensure security," said lessee Dudu Mian of Lalbag cattle market in Rangpur city.
Meanwhile, many bigger animal traders are purchasing locally produced cattle heads and sending those to the capital city and other areas from Rangpur division.
Animal traders Sabbir Ahmed and Mokbular Rahman at Lalbag cattle market said the supply further increased since yesterday where most cattle heads are being sold at 10 to 15 percent higher price than last year.
Similarly, bigger cattle markets like Badarganj, Barobari, Kanthalbari, Durgapur, Pirganj, Taraganj, Mithapukur, Parbotipur, Syedpur and many others in Rangpur division are witnessing record supply of sacrificial animals this time.
Talking to BSS at Lalbag cattle market today, small-scale farmers Lokman Hakim said he sold his medium-sized bull at Taka 55,000 and Sahed Ali sold his bull at Taka 45,000.
Cattle traders Shahinur Alam at Mominpur cattle market and Sobhan Mian at Taraganj cattle market here said price of sacrificial animals might rise before the Eid-ul-Azha day as the rushing buyers would have to complete purchase.
Cattle traders said an extra large-sized bull was selling today at Taka 80,000 to 100,000, large one at Taka 65,000 to 75,000, medium-sized at Taka 45,000 to 60,000 while a small one at Taka 32,000 to 42,000 at different markets in Rangpur division.
The big-sized goats are being sold at Taka 20,000 to 26,000, medium- sized at Taka 15,000 to 19,000 while small-sized ones at Taka 8,000 to 14,500..