Challenges of cattle dealers worth concerning but least concerned resulting in Sky-High rates of Sacrificial Animals
Business plus Exclusive Report
Karachi: High rates of sacrificial animals disappointing the masses, Business plus reporter learnt.
Annually there is a huge chunk of people who get deprived of sacrificing an animal and offering an Islamic ritual by commemorating Prophet Ibrahim’s subservience to Allah which makes them disappointed and distressed.
In the latest survey to cattle market, the reporter Business plus learnt that the cattle dealers, too, face similar challenges as purchasers do which is contrary to common cliché that prices of sacrificial animals generally get high due to Eid.
“As Eid-ul-Adha approaches, people generally develop a perception that the dealers are demanding high rates as the time becomes favourable for it but contrary to it, they can’t perceive of challenges which we face”, says a cattle dealer in Super Highway.
While talking about his journey from Interior Sindh to edge of the metropolitan city, he said, “The transport costs around Rs 7000 per goat and Rs 12000 per bull and many of livestock either gets injured or ill during the journey which further raise the medication cost upon reaching the cattle market.”
Meanwhile, a purchaser from the city in hunt of a sacrificial animal was on opinion that its quite common trend of raising the prices of commodities as the favourable season approaches be it the holy month of Ramdan or Eid. However, when asked about concerns of cattle dealers, he remarked that they, too, face challenges.
Furthermore when a dealer was enquired about the factors that compel them to raise the rates of animals, he steadily pointed out water issues, stall rates, and, medication cost.
“We require around 30 to 35 litres of water a day but the supply from government is around 16 litres which is insufficient, making us to purchase water of Rs 25 per litre which obviously multiply our cost”, he added.
He went on saying that for a single stall the government charges around Rs 100,000 to 150,000 depending the size and location of stall but provides insufficient facilities to cattle dealers.
Perhaps, it might not be enough to conclude the factors behind sky-high prices of sacrificial animals but both the cattle dealers and purchasers were on same page that government should take such initiatives and measurements that could cut down the prices of livestock particularly on Eid-ul-Adha.
Reported by: Jahanzaib Khan
Business Plus Reporter (Karachi)