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Over 241,000 sacrificial animals in Sylhet region this year

50The Sylhet region is not likely to suffer from sacrificial animal shortage this year although import of the item has been suspended from the neighbouring India, officials said at a meeting held Tuesday.
Presently there are 1,37,874 cows and bullocks, 15,624 buffalows, 51,648 goats, 34,713 lambs and 912 others in the division for the sacrificial purpose this time, they added.
Divisional office of the livestock department organised the view exchange meeting at the DC’s conference room while Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries & Livestock Md. Ali Nur attended as chief guest.
It was organised with a view to raising awareness on the strengthening and monitoring of the cow fattening and the artificial insemination programme of the department. District and upazila veterinary surgeons and livestock officers attended the event while Deputy Director of the department Md. Nurul Islam addressed as special guest.
The chief guest said using steroid and hormone is injurious for public health. So the cattle farmers and the livestock department should be more careful in this regard. Beef production has been on increase in Sylhet division through the beef cattle development project, he added.
An amount of Tk 2000 million has been sanctioned for distribution in easy term loan at 5 per cent interest for the cow rearing with a view to raising beef production in the country, the official added. He also stressed on improving the working relation between the livestock officials and the cattle farmers for strengthening the artificial insemination programme.