No crisis for sacrificial animals in Eid-ul-Azha: Minister

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Pns: There will be no crisis of sacrificial cattle during the Eid-ul-Azha this year and the ongoing floods will not have any negative impact on the cattle markets in the country, said State Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Narayan Chandra Chanda.

"Around 1.10 or 1.15 crore animals are expected to be sacrificed in the coming Eid-ul-Azha and there are 1,15,57,000 sacrificial animals, including 47 lakh cows, in the country.

"So there will be no crisis of sacrificial animals this year," he said while talking to journalists after a seminar here on Thursday.

Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) and Economic Reporters Forum (ERF) organized the seminar with PKSF chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad in the chair.

Deputy managing director of PKSF Dr Md Jasim Uddin presented the keynote paper on 'Fisheries and livestock sector in poverty alleviation and sustainable development'.

PKSF managing director Md Abdul Karim and additional secretary of the fisheries and livestock ministry (Fisheries) Dr Md Nazrul Anwar and ERF president Saif Islam Dilal, among others, took part in the discussion. Narayan Chandra Chanda said around 1.04 crore animals were sacrificed last year.

Replying to a question, he said they are discouraging people to bring Indian cattle because the country has sufficient sacrificial cattle. If animals are brought from Indian local breeders face loses, he added.bss.

After the seminar, PKSF and ERF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to introduce "PKSF-ERF Award" for journalists.

Nine journalists three each from television, print and online media will be given awards for reporting on rural economy every year.

PNS/Tamanna Khan

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