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Srinagar’s Eidgah abuzz, as people throng to buy sacrificial animals

Special sheep breed ‘Dumba’centre of attraction

Post by on Wednesday, July 6, 2022

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Srinagar, July 05: With just a few days left for Eid-ul-Adha celebrations, Srinagar’s Eidgah is abuzz with people visiting one of the largest specified locations set for the purchase of sacrificial animals.
Notably, this will be for the first time after the global pandemic Covid-19, the sale of sacrificial animals will be happening without any government-enforced Covid-19 Sops or guidelines given the improvement in the Covid situation.
A group of young men with their herds of sheep said that they are expecting a good sale of sacrificial animals this Eid, however, they expressed reservations on government announced rates.  
“It takes us a year to raise the sacrificial animal. That is the reason they look so beautiful and good in size and we expect a good price for the efforts we make for raising them. This year we have big herds of sheep and goats with us and so far we have sold most of our herd and we are expecting more sales and by second Eid we may be in a position to make the sale of entire herds”, said a group of men selling their livestock.
 
Apart from people buying the sacrificial animals, the centre of attraction for every visitor was the exquisite quality of sheep known as "Dumba", and people were seen clicking the pictures with the rare breed of sheep.
In Srinagar, shopping malls and centres and markets such as Jamia market, Lal Chowk, Goni Khan, and Batamaloo saw people buying clothes and essential commodities.  
Sales and purchases are expected to increase further in the coming days as Eid-Ul-Adha is scheduled to be celebrated on 10 July.   
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday last week fixed the rates for sacrificial livestock in the Kashmir Valley.
According to an order, the director Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department has revised and re-fixed the rates of Qurbani (sacrificial) livestock in the valley.
As per the order, the rates for Delhi Walla and Merino Cross varieties of Sheep have been fixed at Rs 310 per kg, those of Bakerwal and Kashmiri varieties at Rs 295 per kg, and, for goats, have been fixed at Rs 285 per kg.
 

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