Formal import of cattle from India neededMohammad Ashraf Hossain, Email
Bangladesh is a densely populated country. Scarcity of land breeds fewer numbers of cattle than the country requires. Bangladesh needs huge number of cattle like bulls, ox and cows. On the other hand, India has a large supply of bulls and ox to dispose off as they rear cows to get milk.
Other than its southern part, our country is surrounded by seven sister states of India. A formal trade of bulls and ox between the two countries is necessary, but unfortunately no formal import of cattle exists from India to Bangladesh. It is true that thousands of bulls and ox are smuggled from India to Bangladesh regularly. Often, Border Security Force of India kills cattle traders when they catch them at the border. This is not acceptable. Bangladesh and India are neighbours and friendly countries. Various transactions of different goods are regular between the two countries. But these transactions do not include formal import of cattle from India to Bangladesh. This should immediately be introduced, since it would stop smuggling of cattle. Indian cattle growers in seven sister states will get good value while Bangladesh will get a good supply to fulfil its people’s needs. Killing people at the border will stop, and hence strengthen relations between the two neighbours in the days to come. I would thus like to urge the governments of both countries to introduce such a measure as it has potential to reap positive results.
Mohammad Ashraf Hossain
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