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Livestock prices skyrocket ahead of Eidul Adha

Livestock prices skyrocket ahead of Eidul Adha

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Aug 31, 2017 - 10:46

KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents of capital Kabul say they are finding it hard to purchase sacrificial animals for Eidul Adha due to their skyrocketed prices compared to last year.

Economically sound Muslims sacrifice (slaughter) animals on the day that falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Islamic lunar calendar to honor the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismaeel (AS), as an act of obedience to God's command.

Each year, cattle markets are set up in Kampani, Qalacha, Bini Hesar, Chaman and other areas of Kabul. With only two days to go for celebrating the religious festival, big crowds are seen visiting these markets.

Haji Musa, who came to Kampani area to purchase a sheep for sacrifice, told Pajhwok Afghan News rates of animals had increased compared to the previous year.

“If the prices continue to be the same, many families may not buy livestock for the Eid,” he said.

Ahmad Shah, another man who wanted to buy a sheep, said he spent three hours looking for a sheep he could afford to buy.

“The sheep I bought last year was priced at 9,000 afghanis, but now 10,000 afghanis are not enough to find one like that,” he said.

Mohammad Karim, a government official, who was also in search of a sheep in Bini Hesar area, said the rates of animals had significantly increased and he could not purchase one with his 8,000 afghanis salary.

“I will be happy if I found a sheep for 5,000 to 7,000 afghanis, otherwise I will share a cow with friends,” he said.

Karim said the government had no control over the market as livestock owners sold their animals against an artificial increase in their prices.

However, a livestock owner, Qanbaruddin, linked the increased prices of livestock due to hike in forage prices.

“The pastures we rented in previous years for 5,000 afghanis are now offered for 8,000 afghanis that is the reason of high prices,” he said.

He complained about the lack of buyers and said he had been able to sell only one cow and two sheep in five days. He had a total of 30 cows and 40 sheep.

“The price of sheep ranges from 6,000 afghanis to 25,000 afghanis and of cow from 24,000 afghanis to 80,000 afghanis this year, which shows an increase in their prices compared to last year”, he said.

The Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs (MoHIA) has announced that the first day of Eid-ul-Adha will be Friday.

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