By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani
Ahmedabad: Prices of goats that are sacrificed on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha have shot up in Gujarat. The sellers in ‘bakra markets’ in Ahmedabad rue the fact that the supply of goats has gone down considerably this year causing the rise in prices. Despite drought situation in Gujarat due to lack of rain, this year is causing a lot of fodder loss and some goats also fell ill making them unfit for sacrifice.
“Prices have gone up because supply is below average this year. We have lost many goats and are trying to cover our losses. When we raise a kid it costs us over Rs 300 per day and if we are unable to sell it for any reason we need to recover the investment,” said Mohammed iqbal R. Sheikh, a trader at the Ranip market.
However, some buyers are waiting to buy their goats after Eid as prices fall considerably in the days following the festival. “Religious sacrifice, or the ‘qurbani’, can be done till the evening of the third day following the day of Eid-al-Adha. I have been to many bazaars but the prices this year are above my budget. So, currently, I have no other choice than to do ‘qurbani’ after Eid,” said Rameez Raja, a Naswadi resident, who has been scouring markets in Gujarat and Rajasthan since the last few weeks.
The Punjabi, Hyderabadi, Ajmeri and Indori breeds are greatly sought after by most customers and can cost up to Rs 1 lakh or more. “The costliest goat of this year has so far been a Hyderabadi with the characteristic white eyes. It was sold for Rs 1,11,786. There are a few more left which are of Indori and Punjabi breeds and will be sold for more than Rs 2 lakh each. It is an important festival for us and enjoying the meat-based meal is custom. People will not refrain from sacrificing just because the prices are high,” said Z A. Saiyed, a veteran city-based breeder of goats.
With the goat vendors selling the goats at higher prices, price of the regular meat has also increased in the market. The regular meat which was sold at Rs 240 per kg is being sold at Rs 320 these days while the sacrificial goat meat will be sold for Rs 750 per kg.
The Gujarat unit of All India Milli Council (AIMC) has appealed to the Gujarat government to activate municipalities throughout the state for three days for complete cleaning process from garbage yards and also provide a complaint cell.Eid-al-Adha, also known in distorted form as Bakri Eid, will be celebrated on 25th September 2015.
AIMC Gujarat unit President Mufti Rizwan Tarapuri and state General Secetary and senior journalist Abdul Hafiz Lakhani said Eid-al-Adha is one of the most important festivals of Muslims all over the world and it aims for discipline among self and for the community. But unfortunately it has been seen that no one prefers cleanliness on this particular day.
“Unfortunately, our brothers always throw the wastages on the streets and on the road side. By this, bad smell emanates and the movement on the roads becomes difficult. Muslims by this act show bad example to others. Islam emphasises that Muslims should maintain cleanliness in daily routine life as Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) said Cleanliness is half of the faith (Imaan),” both Mufti Tarapuri and Mr. Lakhani added.
Mufti Tarapuri further said, “The waste material is not collected by the municipal sanitary workers for three days posing danger to the health of the citizens. The government should supply animals through the Animal Husbandry Department to save the common Muslims from black marketers, seasonal traders and brokers.They also pointed out that on the occasion of the Eid, people from villages migrate to the city and camp on roads and burn heads and legs of goats causing atmospheric pollution and make it difficult to the passersby to move on road. The government should involve the local police station to stop this nuisance.”
[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is associated with India’s First Online Muslim Newspaper “IndianMuslimObserver.com” as Associate Editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his cell 09228746770]