Every year during Bakri Id, the most expensive goats sold from the city’s abattoir in Deonar come from Rajasthan.
But this year, it was a Malvi breed goat from Indore that stole the limelight, going for Rs 1.5 lakh on Sunday. “This is the highest price that has been paid in Mumbai for an Id goat,” said Aslam Qureshi, president of the All India Sheep and Goat Breeders and Dealers Association, which regulates all sales in Deonar.
Last year, the highest amount paid was Rs 1.05 lakh, for a Rajasthani goat.
Bakri Id or Eid-ul-Zuha, the festival when Muslims sacrifice an animal to Allah to prove their faith, will be celebrated on Wednesday.
For the past two weeks, Muslim families have been visiting the abattoir to buy goats from hundreds of dealers who flock to Mumbai from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and other states. “The best goats, which go for more than Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000, are fed on rich milk, almonds and varieties of gram,” said Qureshi.
The healthiest and most good-looking breeds, he added, are usually the Sirohi, Totapuri and Jamnabari goats of Rajasthan — the state that supplies 60% of the animals in Deonar. On Monday night, a Rajasthani dealer sold 10 goats to a single family, each for Rs 51,000. This year only 1.6 lakh goats have been on sale compared to last year’s 2.6 lakh, and the scarcity of supply has pushed up the prices.
Sacrificial goats usually sell for more than double the rate of an ordinary goat, but as there are no fixed rates for the Id sale, the price depend on the health of the goat as well as the bargaining power of the dealer.
The association keeps a tab on the overall fluctuations in the rate. While prices are scaling high this year, most dealers claim that they are suffering an overall loss because of the decreasing number of buyers coming to Deonar. “The civic authorities have not provided us with the promised clean sheds and water facilities, and the stink and muck are driving buyers away,” said Saddique, a Rajasthani goat seller who goes by just one name. He said the Deonar dealers are also losing out to new goat markets that have come up in Mira Road, Vasai, Kalyan and Mumbra.