Rs 110 cr sacrificial animals sold on Eid in Valley



Srinagar, 26:   According to the mutton dealers, the sacrificial animals worth more than Rs 110 crore were sold in last few days ahead of Eid- ul- Azha.
 “More than 3 lakh sacrificial animals were sold on this Eid that is worth more than 110 crore,” said Mehraj Ganai, President, Wholesale Mutton Dealers Association.
 Ganai said that during last few days the demand for sacrificial animals has picked up.
 Khazir Muhammad Rego, President, Mutton Dealers’ Association said that people are turning up in good number to purchase the sacrificial animals.
 Rego said that around 70 per cent of the animals are being imported from outside the state while as local production suffices only 30 per cent of the requirement.
 “We must prefer local breed as it would promote and encourage local entrepreneurs to increase the livestock production here,” he said.
 Pertinently, people living in hilly areas of Gurez, Karnah, Sonamarg, Tangadhar, Rajouri, Poonch of J&K, mostly nomads, Gujjar and Bakarwals, supply local production.
 Besides, the normal sale of the mutton by the butchers is expected to jump to Rs 10 crore.
 “Normally, the mutton worth Rs 1.5 crore is sold every day but on Eid eve the sales have jumped to Rs 10 crore,” said Rego.
 He demanded that government must decontrol the industry and rates should be decided by the butchers in the Valley.
 Meanwhile, the consumers complained of increase in prices of essential commodities and blamed Consumer Affairs and Public distribution Department of failing to implement the rate list.
 Arsalan Javid, a Srinagar resident said that sheep of an average size is available in the range of Rs 10,000 to 15,000. “Prices of the animals were very high; government should devise policy for the sale of sacrificial animals so as to facilitate citizens to fulfill religious obligation,” he said.
 Director, CAPD, Mir Mushtaq said: “We have decontrolled the price of sacrificial animals and no role makes out for our department to issue the rate.”

Lastupdate on : Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST

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