Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Bangladesh: Indian Cattle Embargo - Neither can you Eat them, Nor can you feed them!

[ We should actually ask India to stop its cattle to come in to Bangladesh. If that happens, the cattle industry in Bangladesh will flourish precisely what happened in the case of poultry industry. Previously, Bangladesh was dependent on India for eggs and poultry. However, that's not the case any more. ]

Indian trade embargo?

Ekram Kabir Gulshan, Dhaka

A "Times of India" report said that New Delhi was considering trade embargo on Bangladesh because India thinks Bangladesh is harbouring anti-India insurgents on its soil. Delhi thinks that trade embargoes may achieve what political negotiations, diplomatic complaints and economic carrots could not. By doing so, Delhi is considering options like clamping down on the lucrative cattle trade -- estimated at Rs. 800 crore a year -- between India and Bangladesh.

However, my suggestion is: if India really clamps down on the cattle trade, the government in Dhaka should accept it without any hesitation and argument. If India stops its cattle from coming in, Bangladeshis would certainly face a great deal of trouble.

But if the government convinces the people to withstand this impending scarcity, it would do a great service to the country and the people will remember this government for many years. We should actually ask India to stop its cattle to come in to Bangladesh. If that happens, the cattle industry in Bangladesh will flourish precisely what happened in the case of poultry industry. Previously, Bangladesh was dependent on India for eggs and poultry. However, that's not the case any more.

Therefore, we'd actually be grateful to India if it helps us build our own cattle Industry.

Daily Star 11/10/2004