Govt plans to bar Eid cattle markets along highways

Friday, 1 July 2022

Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim has said no cattle haat will be allowed along roads and highways across the country to avoid traffic congestion during the Eid-u l-Azha.

"The cattle markets must be arranged at designated places," the minister said on Friday while speaking at a seminar on 'Possibility of Padma Bridge: Sacrificing with local animals, farmers' problems and way forward' at Jatiya Press Club in the capital.

Addressing as the chief guest, he cautioned that each recognised market will have veterinary medical management from the Department of Livestock so that no unhealthy and sick animal is brought or could be sold, reports UNB.

"There will be arrangements for testing animals at the markets free of cost," he added.

Rezaul said the Padma Bridge has created unimaginable opportunities for shifting sacrificial animals ahead of Eid-ul-Azha and is playing a huge impact on the Eid-oriented economy.

He said the Padma Bridge was built due to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's foresight, confidence, honesty, determination and patriotism.

The Padma Bridge has opened up a new horizon of economic development, the livestock minister said, adding that this bridge has created a huge potential for the country's people.

He said once people had to wait at ferry ghats with sacrificial animals for two or three days but now the bridge has created opportunities for those who will bring sacrificial animals to Dhaka and other parts of the country.

Rezaul said there is no need of ferry to carry sacrificial animals from the country's remote areas to Dhaka or other places.

"As a result, there is no ferry-centric embarrassment for cattle farmers now. Due to the Padma Bridge, the movement of sacrificial animals has become easier. On the way to markets (ahead of Eid-ul-Azha), many times the animals get tired and sick and many times they would have died. Those will get relief from such conditions," he said.