On the occasion of Bakra Eid,goat and regular meat have become expensive commodities. With goat vendors selling goats at high prices in markets of Manimajra,Mohali and Panchkula,meat shop owners in the city have increased rates of regular meat. The increase is almost four times the usual prices in some places.
While regular meat is sold at Rs 350-400 in the markets,the sacrificial goat is sold for Rs 750-800 per kg.
Saleem Khan,a shopkeeper at a meat shop in Sector 45,said,Usually the meat is sold for Rs 150-200 per kg,but on Bakra Eid this year the prices of the sacrificed goat has also increased. Now, it is only the chicken that is sold at a cheaper rate.
Mohhamad Niyaz,a goat vendor who also owns a halal meat shop in Manimajra,has been selling goats since 15 years. Niyaz said that it was the first time that he bought around 300 goats from Himachal Pradesh ranging from Rs 10,000-28,000.
The goat prices have increased as compared to last year,which is why we have also increased the meat prices accordingly, he said.
To his surprise,he managed to sell all the 300 goats in a day as a result of which he had to send his son to Himachal Pradesh again to get more goats.
The goats are usually brought from Uttar Pradesh,Himachal Pradesh and villages in Punjab. The most expensive goat sold till now was from UP. It was sold for Rs 50,000. The traders say that 90 per cent of the customers look for height,weight,health and even the colour of the goat,instead of the amount.
When it is only three days left for Bakra Eid,Niyaz travels to Himachal Pradesh and brings healthy goats from there at bargained prices. The goats are then sold to the customers at much higher prices a day before the festival.
Traders say,as compared to last year,this year has seen a jump of over 50 per cent in the rates. Goats earlier sold at a rate of Rs 9,000 are being sold for Rs 15,000-16,000 this year.
Shifaq Ahmed,a local trader,said,With increased prices of the goats,we thought the supply would fall. But fortunately the supply has also increased. I bought 100 goats from Muzaffarnagar in UP last evening and today I am left with only 25. There are around 5,000 goats that have been sold from the Manimajra market in just two days.