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City cattle markets gain momentum finally

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Abdul Alim :
Smashing all the speculations, the capital city yesterday observed amazing sale of cattle making both buyers and sellers smiling. Most of the cattle were healthy and sold at reasonable prices.    
Talking to some traders and buyers, it was learnt that the small and medium-size cows are on the high priority.
However, the law enforcers and volunteers were facing troubles to maintain safety measures in all the cattle markets as most of those are large in size and prsenee of buyers were thick.
The traders were taking position in the markets in compliance with the orders and prohibitions of the market authorities and maintaining hygiene rules.
Many people are going to Zinjira cattle market and ignoring suggestions of the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19. Health regulations, however, are completely disrespected in most of the markets.
During a visit to at least four cattle markets, most buyers, sellers, and visitors were seen ignoring the rules instead of maintaining social distancing, people were seen huddling and moving in groups.
Meanwhile, Abdur Rahman, a cattle trader from Chuadanga brought five small and medium size cows at Dhupkhola playground cattle market on Thursday.  
Rahman sold two cattle till yesterday afternoon. He said, finally we are doing some business. It will help get book smile on traders' free. If this trend continues it will be possible to avert losses.
Another trader Hatem Alli from Kushtia brought four cows to Zinzira cattle market. He could not sell till Wednesday afternoon due to low presence of buyers. However two cows were sold on Thursday morning.
Hatem Ali said, I expect to sell all of our cattle before Eid day as the buyers have started coming finally. If this trend I hope I will catch good price.
Visiting other cattle markets in the capital, including Gabtoli, Sadeque Hossain Khoka playground and Shahjahanpur, it was seen that there were a good number of buyers.
City dwellers are buying sacrificial animals with only one  day left before  the Eid.
Rafiq Mia, a private service holder said, "I have purchased a cow from this cattle market (Zinzira) at a cost of Taka 100,000," adding, "The price of the cattle seems high."

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