Mutton supplies to Kashmir hit as outside mandis closed

The mutton supply to Kashmir has been badly hit as the outside mandis remain closed due to COVID19 lockdown.

Director, Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Bashir Ahmad Khan said the supply was expected to increase as the mandis in Delhi and other states were likely to function from May 3.

“We are aware that there is huge demand for mutton in the Valley which further increases during Ramadhan. As of now the supplies have stopped due to closure of outside mandis so we have not even fixed the price for the mutton” Khan said.

Mehraj-ud-Din Ganai, general secretary, All Kashmir Wholesale Mutton Dealers’ Association said the local sheep farmers are selling animals at high rates. “We receive only one or two truckloads of sheep daily from outside Kashmir. The transportation cost is quite high which adds to the cost of mutton,” Ganai said.

“The local mutton supply is quite low,” Ganai said.

Meanwhile, consumers from several areas complained overpricing of vegetables and fruits.

“Ever since the lockdown started, shopkeepers are selling vegetables and fruits at higher prices. They don’t adhere to the price list and even the enforcement teams of the CAPD are missing on the ground,” said Basit Ahmad of Hyderpora.

However, Director FCSCA said the market checking teams were regularly making surprise visits to shops selling essential goods. “We have collected Rs 1 lakh on fine from erring shopkeepers. Our appeal for people is to cooperate and report cases of overpricing,” Khan said.