Govt launches digital market for sacrificial animals


File photo: Traders wait with their cows at the Gabtoli cattle market ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, August 20, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Any potential seller can visit and register themselves for free at https://foodfornation.gov.bd/qurbani2020/ and upload photographs, videos and information about their animals on the site for display

The government has launched a digital haat, believed to be the biggest platform of such, for selling and buying sacrificial animals ahead of the coming Eid-ul Azha by maintaining social distancing.

“We have taken the initiative to save cattle farmers, traders, and marginal farmers from financial loss in this ongoing coronavirus crisis and stop further transmission of this deadly virus. This Food for Nation platform is going to be the country’s biggest matchmaking digital haat for sacrificial animals,” BSS quoted State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak as saying.

“I am urging all the farmers and sellers to include the information about their animals in this platform,” he added.

Any potential seller can visit and register themselves for free at https://foodfornation.gov.bd/qurbani2020/ and upload photographs, videos and information about their animals on the site for display, a ICT Division release said.

The government is going to promote these registered animals through its websites and social networking sites at its own cost, giving a better chance for the seller to reach their customers easily.

The sellers and buyers both can do the trade sitting in their homes during this corona crisis, giving them protection from getting infected by going outside, Palak said.

According to the ICT Division, buyers after selecting their animal from the site, will contact the sellers and can pick up the animal or take home delivery by paying its owner. Registration process has already started for the sellers at the site.

‘Online Kurbani Hat Khulna’

The district administration is scheduled to launch an online platform-based sacrificial cattle market mobile app namely “Online Qurbani Hat Khulna” on Wednesday for selling and buying sacrificial animals by maintaining social distancing ahead of the coming Eid-Ul-Azha.

The district administration in association with the district livestock department has taken initiative to run the online cattle market mobile app to help the marginal cattle farmers of the district who are in dire straits due to the deadly coronavirus ahead of the coming Eid-Ul-Azha.

State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak is expected to inaugurate the app via video conference from Dhaka as chief guest.

Mayor of Khulna City Corporation Talukder Abdul Khaleque and Khulna Divisional Commissioner Dr Muhammad Anwar Hossain Howlader is expected to attend the inaugural ceremony.


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