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Sales yet to pick up at sacrificial animal market

Sales yet to pick up at sacrificial animal market

KARACHI: As Eidul Azha draws near, sales of sacrificial animals appear slow keeping in view the increasing number of animals at the Super Highway Mandi.

Buyers have lifted around 25,000 cows and 4,000-5,000 goats so far as compared to the entry of 175,000-200,000 cows and around 50,000 goats, an official at the Mandi said.

Besides visiting the cattle market at Super Highway, hailed as Asia’s biggest cattle market, people are also purchasing animals from roadside vendors who often demand exorbitant rates, especially for goats.

According to a random market survey, vendors are leaving a very narrow bargaining margin for buyers. They are acting as a cartel by keeping the price of low weight goats at Rs18,000-22,000. For a pair of goats they demand Rs35,000-45,000.

Animal sellers are charging higher prices for goats keeping in view the rising red meat prices in the current year. The price of mutton hovers between Rs750-780 per kg.

As the roadside vendors usually do not deal in big animals, people are currently buying cows in the range of Rs55,000-80,000 mostly from Super Highway Mandi.

The price of veal (bachia) meat with bones ranges between Rs400-450 per kg depending on the locality while meat without bones carries a price tag of Rs500-550 per kg.

Buyer beware

According to a press release, Maweshi Mandi Sohrab Goth administration caught ten cattle merchants red handed for selling animals that are not permissible for sacrifice.

According to details, a gang selling animals with fake teeth was busted on Tuesday and more than 35 such animals were taken into custody by the Maweshi Mandi administration.

Moreover, two persons with fake currency notes of around Rs60,000 were also handed over to the police for trying to con cattle merchants.

Administrator Maweshi Mandi, Rana Imran said the administration is making random checks to curb such activities.

He urged the customers to be watchful while purchasing animals and check the animal thoroughly before purchasing for fake teeth, horns and any such defects.

Fake teeth are usually fixed with an adhesive over the existing teeth but these can be easily traced as the gums of animals turn blue, he said.

He advised buyers and sellers to check currency notes thoroughly while making any transactions to avoid being scammed and instantly report to the administration if they receive any fake notes.

Published in Dawn, September 17th, 2015

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