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Sylhet cattle market sales gain momentum

63With Eid-ul-Azha, one of the Muslim community’s biggest religious festivals, just around the corner, Sylhet city’s cattle markets are abuzz with buyers and traders while sales are gaining momentum amid claims that prices this year are “reasonable”.
Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) leased out Four makeshift markets in Sylhet,
SCC Estate Officer said police and Rapid Action Battalion were giving their foremost effort to maintain security in the markets while Bangladesh Bank and some private banks provided machines to detect fake currency.
Leaseholder of the Kazir bazar market, Md Afsor Uddin, said around 5,000 traders with over 70,000 cattle had arrived there from Kushtia, Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Bogra, Jhenidah, Meherpur, Faridpur, Comilla and Pabna.
Sales gained momentum since Saturday with prices ranging from Tk 20,000 to Tk 1 lakh, he said.
With supply abundant, cattle prices are relatively low, he said.
One customer at the Kazir Bazar market, told that traders were selling off their cattle early at a reasonable price this year as prices dropped in the final days to Eid last year.
Traders are hoping for sales to peak a day or two before Eid, as in last year. Most residents do not have the space to keep the animals and prefer to buy those in the final days to Eid, said a Sylhet resident, Anisur Rahman.