Narinjara News


Taknef, January 19



Myanmar's cows used for Eid-Ul-Azha festival



Cows from Burma are brisk in Bangladeshi markets, as the Muslim festival of Eid-Ul-Azha nears, said a border report.


The total demand of cows for this year's festival is high, and a large number of cows form Burma are still coming to Bangladeshi local markets.


According to local market sources, a small-sized bull costs 10 to 12 thousand Taka, (approximately 150,000 to 180,000 Burmese Kyat), a medium size bull is going for 14 to 25 thousand Taka, (210,000 to 375,000 Kyat), and a large bull 80 to 100 thousand Taka, (1,200,000 to 1,800,000 Kyat).


In Burmaís Arakan State, a large bull in local markets doesnít go for more than 100,000 Kyat, a price only equivalent to 6,500 Bangladeshi Taka.


As Burma's cows are brisk and priced high in Bangladeshi markets, a number of cow traders from Arakan State have exported Burma's cows to Bangladesh, across the Bay of Bengal.


The traders are forced to bribe the local authorities at the navy base in order to export their cows to Bangladesh as the authority prohibits livestock exportation to Bangladesh.


Areas of high cow export are the townships of Kyauk Pru, Man Aung, Rambree and Taung guk, all of which are located in central Arakan State, but other cows are coming from the Burmese border towns of Kyauk Taw, Platwa, Mrauk U, Rathidaung, Buthi Daung, and Maungdaw.


According to yesterday's newspaper report, some cattle traders from Burma are bringing US dollars, instead of Burma Kyat, to Burma from Bangladesh.


The Eid-Ul-Azha Muslim festival will be held on January 22 and during the festival 20 million cattle are likely to be killed for sacrificial purposes in Bangladesh. #



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