Inflation takes sacrificial animals prices out of masses’ reach in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: The inflation and hike in the prices of the commodities of everyday use along with the increase in the petroleum price has made it impossible for the majority of the citizens to buy animals to sacrifice on upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.

According to a survey conducted by INP, prices of the sacrificial animals have surged up to 50 to 100 percent as compared to last year in major cities of the country including Rawalpindi. Thus majority of the population of the city is doing window shopping in the animal markets. This year, sheep is costing Rs15,000 to 30,000, goat Rs20,000 to Rs40,000 and prices of bull and buffalo have gone up to Rs100,000 to Rs250,000.

According to reports, the sellers of the sacrificial animals are of the view that with the hike in the price of petroleum prices, transportation and fodder cost have also increased therefore they had to raise the prices of animals. They said that they spend the whole year on taking care of the animals and if they do not sell on some profit now, the hard work of their entire year will go waste.