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Coronavirus cuts Eid goat prices, ‘Mirza’ manages Rs 95,000 in Chandigarh

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Coronavirus cuts Eid goat prices, ‘Mirza’ manages Rs 95,000 in Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH: ‘Mirza,’ a strapping male goat, fetched a whopping Rs 95,000 for his owner at a goat market held in Manimajra on the eve of Bakr Eid – Eid-al-Adha or Eid Qurban on Friday. Goat markets were held in Manimajra, outskirts of Bapu Dham and Ram Darbar.

As the price of goats shot up ahead of the festival, the rate of meat also doubled, meat sellers said.

In Manimajra market, however, goat prices reduced as compared to last year, said sellers. They attributed this to the pandemic. Last year, a goat was sold for as much as Rs 1.3 lakh and in 2016, the highest sale price was Rs 1.5 lakh, said goat seller Mohammad Riaz.

Farmers from Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were busy selling their goats for Rs 15,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh. The most expensive ones were sold in a pair. A local vendor said the prices of the goat remain the same but traders who have come a long way are selling them at relatively higher rates. “Demand for goats will be there till a few hours from namaz. Residents who buy goats from them give a booking amount in advance to slaughter (halal) the goat,” said Mohammad Ashraf, a vendor.

“It is an age-old custom, so it is followed on every Eid-ul-Adha festival,” said Irfan Ahmed, one of the buyers at the market. In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for four days. In the international (Gregorian) calendar, the dates vary from year to year, shifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.

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