Meat traders on Saturday placed a five-point demand, including banning of imports of cattle, buffalo and meat from India and Myanmar, for the sake of domestic animal husbandry.
The Bangladesh Meat Traders Association and the Dhaka Metropolitan Meat Merchant Association jointly organised the programme in the capital.
Their other demands include stopping of extra charge collection at Gabtali cattle market, stopping oppression by lease holders and reducing the rent, completing waste and water treatment plant CETP soon as these posed as the main obstacles for the leather industry’s development and export, training for meat workers to help the meat traders association for the sake of good export earnings, and fixing the rate of the raw hides of the sacrifices.
BMTA president Farid Ahmed said that India and Myanmar earned around Tk 60,000 crore every year through cattle smuggling.
‘Bangladesh can earn around Tk 80,000 by exporting flesh, bones, horns, veins, belly, hides, fulfilling the country’s demand if the char and hilly areas can be brought under animal husbandry. So, the country’s farmers should be given more agricultural loans,’ he also said.
Farid Ahmed added that they could sell a kilogram of meat at Tk3 00 if the government and rich people gifted cows, buffaloes, goats and lambs from their Jakat funds to poor farmers, widows and unemployed youths.
BMTA secretary general Rabiul Alam, DMMMA acting president Abdus Salam and secretary Shamim Ahmed Quraisi, Bangladesh Animal Waste Collection Owners Association general secretary Sohel Ahmed and Bangladesh Dairy Farm Owners Association secretary Sah Imran were also present.
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