Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim has said that no haats of sacrificial animals will be allowed on the roads or beside the roads. The haats will be in the designated place. Each recognised market will have veterinary medical management of the Department of Livestock, so that no unhealthy and diseased animal is brought forward or sold.
There will be free animal testing at the market. There will also be a smart banking system for financial transactions at this year's Dhar Ghas Ka Haat. This will ensure a secure management for buyers and sellers.
The minister was speaking as the chief guest at a seminar on ‘Opportunities of Padma Bridge’ at Tafazzal Hossain Manik Mia Hall of the National Press Club in the capital on Friday.
The state has taken steps to enable the farmers to survive the crisis, the minister said. “The government has given incentives to the Covid affected farmers. This time, the government has been contacted about the major damage to the livestock sector in Sylhet and parts of Dhaka. Necessary steps will be taken so that the farmers can make up for the loss with incentives and the sector can turn around,” he said.
Despite the incessant floods and tidal surges in most parts of Sylhet, the number of animal deaths is not significant. Even then, keeping in mind the loss of that region, the surplus animals of Barisal and other parts of the country will have to deal with the producers for marketing in these affected areas.
“There will be no obstacles in transporting animals. Due to the development of communication system, it is now easy to move animals from one region to another quickly. In this case, the farmers have to come forward,” he said.
The minister further said that the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock is seriously considering the problems of the affected farmers. He also assured to go to the higher authorities of the government to find a way to solve this problem.
MA Jalil Munna Raihan, President, Fisheries and Livestock Journalists Forum, presided over the seminar, Manzoor Mohammad Shahzada and Director General of the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute were present at the event among others.