As the Eid-ul-Azha is just three weeks away, the sale and purchase of sacrificial animals has started in the provincial capital.
Cattle markets are being established around the city and citizens are visiting them, but the prices of animals appear to be beyond the range of common buyers at the moment.
It has been seen that majority of sellers of sacrificial animals are demanding very high rates as there is no price regulatory mechanism introduced by the city government. On an average, over 400,000 sacrificial animals are slaughtered in the city on every Eid-ul-Azha and out of total number of sacrificial animals, around 250,000 are small animals i.e. goats and sheep, while the rest are big animals, like cows, calves, camels, etc., said an official of the City government.
A survey of different sale points revealed that the price of a normal size goat ranges from Rs 40,000 to Rs 70,000, a lamb/sheep from Rs 30,000 to Rs 60,000 and a cow/calf from Rs 70,000 to Rs 140,000 in most of the city markets.