SHILLONG: The Khasi Jaintia Butcher’s Welfare Association (KJBWA) on Saturday decided to prolong their decision not to buy cattle from Khanapara, Ri-Bhoi district, even as it added that it has plans to set up their own market.
It may be mentioned that the KJBWA are on strike from June 7 in protest against the failure of the State Government to prevent cattle smuggling to Bangladesh.
President of the KJBWA, Generous Warlarpih said that the association is looking for suitable land in Ri-Bhoi district to set up the market.
“In few weeks time we may get a place. The government also said that if we find a place it will help us with conducting health check up of cattle and with other necessary documents,” Warlarpih added.
He also added that with the association having their own market it will urge the government to regulate sale of the cattle so that there is no scope for smuggling.
The KJBWA also stated that having their own market, traders who buy cattle will be known to them therefore scope of smuggling will not be there.
The KJBWA president, also slammed Syiem of Hima Mylliem for stating that his office is concerned only with who comes and buy the cattle and nothing beyond that.
“But they are not concerned where the cattle is destined,” Warlarpih said adding that this leaves scope for smugglers taking the cattle to Bangladesh.
“Their way of conducting business is affecting us in return. What is happening now is that those involved in the cattle smuggling are locals who in the guise of cattle traders smuggle them into Bangladesh,” he added.
The KJBWA also assured that once the traders decide to restart buying cattle there will not be any hike in the price of beef.