A few days later the holy Eid ul Azha will be celebrated with animal sacrifices across the country. Leaseholders have completed preparations for various permanent and temporary cattle markets in Mirsarai upazila of Chittagong ahead of Eid. However, despite the approach of Eid ul Azha the sale of domestic cattle reared in the farms of the region has not yet seen significant business.
Farm owners and traders say the floods have affected sacrificial animal markets in different parts of the country. So there is not much to see in the market from outside the district. Farmers claim that no cows or buffaloes have come from North Bengal this time.
The farmers had hoped to turn around this time after overcoming the Corona epidemic for two consecutive years. So keeping Eid ul Azha in front he raised enough sacrificial animals. Farmers say there are no buyers in the market. They are spending lazy time in this, they are worried about the future. The price of cattle feed has gone up. But in the crisis of buyers in the market, the animals have to be sold at a loss.
On Monday it was seen singing in Abutorab Bazaar of the upazila that cleaning work is going on in all the places where the market will be jammed. Besides huge temporary tents are being made with bamboo and triple in these places. Meanwhile, a huge gate is being constructed in front of the main gate of the market. The shape of the gate is also made of bamboo. However, the image of clearing the road inside the hut and removing unnecessary mud was also noticeable. At the same time, the authorities are using the soil around the public toilets. The leaseholder said that the sale of animals will continue at the market from noon on Monday.
However, on Sunday the traditional animal market in North Chittagong Mirsarai Mithachara Bazaar started selling. The sellers said that not many buyers came on the first day. Buyers from different places including Chittagong city come to the market to buy sacrificial animals. Besides, wholesalers also come to this market to buy sacrificial animals.
Meanwhile, a large cattle market is being set up in the coal market of Kerhat union of the upazila. The lessees have completed all the preparations including the place for keeping animals in this market. They hope that the buyers will be able to come to the market and buy the sacrificial animal of their choice. Hundreds of volunteers will also be on the ground for security. The lessee of the market said so. However, the buyer was not seen even though the market matched last Sunday. A few who are coming, they are just looking around.
Saiful Islam the lessee of Mithachar Pashur Hat of the upazila said, ‘We have made arrangements for round-the-clock cleaning so that the buyers can buy the sacrificial animals in a beautiful environment.’ CCTV cameras have been installed all over the market for the safety of buyers and sellers. Veterinarians are also available for animal health examinations. The control room has been opened, there is a counterfeit note detection machine.
Mirsarai Upazila Nibarhi Officer (UNO) Minhazur Rahman said, ‘We have already completed all the preparations for the law and order situation in the market.’ This time the tenants have been instructed not to set up any animal market on the road.