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On Id eve, State?s goat breeders make a killing

ANIMAL BREEDERS from Malwa have been quick to fill in the supply-demand gap caused by floods in Rajasthan, one of the main supply centres for goats, lambs and other animals sacrificed on Id-uz-Zuha (Bakrid).

india Updated: Dec 31, 2006 02:20 IST

ANIMAL BREEDERS from Malwa have been quick to fill in the supply-demand gap caused by floods in Rajasthan, one of the main supply centres for goats, lambs and other animals sacrificed on Id-uz-Zuha (Bakrid).

More than 15,000 animals have so far been dispatched to Mumbai, Surat, Ahmedabad and Pune and traders expect to sell another 5,000 over the next 48 hours.

“Owing to a lack of tethering space, people in Mumbai and other big cities wait until the last day before purchasing an animal for ‘qurbani’ (ritual sacrifice). Also many breeders delay selling animals in order to get the best possible prices. So we expect purchase orders to climb steeply over the weekend,” said Salim Qureshi, a trader at Bakri Mandi at Ghafoor Khan ki Bajariya.

The prospect of finally making a dent in the deep-pocketed metro market has the traders salivating. “Buyers in big cities do not shy away from paying top prices if the animal is to their liking,” pointed out Shafiq Qureshi.

The demand is highest for goats, although there is also a niche market in metros for sheep and dumba. A goat could fetch anywhere between Rs 5-50,000 depending on the height, weight and general appearance, he added.

“An animal that may sell for Rs 2,000-3,000 in Bhopal or Indore would fetch nearly twice the amount in Mumbai or Ahmedabad,” added Nafees, Shafiq’s younger brother.

No wonder then that both breeders and traders are taking care to put their best hoof forward. “Ordinarily, Rajasthan is the main feeder centre for ‘qurbani’ animals and supplies to most of the country, including Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat. This year, though, floods in the state killed off a large number of animals.

This has not only jacked up prices but also enabled breeders from Indore, Dewas, Shajapur and Mhow to expand reach in metros. If the buyers are satisfied we may be able to gain a permanent foothold,” revealed Mohammed Siraj, a third generation goat breeder.