Sacrificial animal prices likely to remain high on Eid-ul-Azha

ISLAMABAD: The prices of the sacrificial animals are likely to witness an upsurge on forthcoming Eid-ul-Azha owing to heavy floods in Punjab province besides increase in transportation charges and other associated expenses.

A site for temporary cattle mandi for Eidul Azha near Fruit and Vegetable Market of Sector I-11 has been allocated by Municipal Administration Directorate of Capital Development Authority (CDA).

The cattle mandi would remain functional from 1st Zil Hajj to 13th ZilHajj to facilitate the residents from the twin cities of Rawalpindi/Islamabad and surrounding areas for Eid-ul-Azha.

Traders have started bringing animals in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and at present are herding in the streets to attract the customers though Eid-ul-Azha is still more than two weeks away.

The sellers are demanding high prices for the animals because they have a lot of time to wait for the customers ready to pay their desired prices.

They claimed that there is shortage of animals because of floods in that areas including Sargodha, Jhang, Bahawalpur, Multan and Muzaffargarh from where most of the animals are brought into markets for sale.

Traders expressed the hope that sales will gain momentum in coming days as twin cities dwellers, who have difficulties in keeping the animals in their yards, will start visiting the markets.

“Maximum numbers of animals are expected to be sold on day before Eid-ul- Azha as usual, they said.A little number of animals, particularly goats and sheep, have arrived in the twin cities so far and at present, the sale prices start from Rs.20,000 because of limited number of animals available for sale.

Meanwhile, organizers of mosques and madaris have started displaying banners for attracting people for an Ijtamai Qurbani which is also becoming popular in the twin cities because of soaring prices of sacrificial animals.