Bakrid also known as Eid-ul-Adha will be celebrated day after tomorrow worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God, the demand for rams, sheep and goats have gone up in Hyderabad.
As per our report, the estimate is that about 2 lakh sheeps would be sold in the 3 day festival starting from Sunday this month.
Bakrid falls on every 10th day of Dhul Hijjah and the last lunar month of the Islamic Calendar. In India, the festival will be observed from July 10 onwards.
In this age-old tradition, Muslims offer Qurbani of sheeps or cattle as a practice and divide the meat into 3 equal parts of which one part is apportioned among friends and relatives, the second part is distributed among the poor and needy and the last share is retained for themselves.
Every year In Hyderabad, sheep traders from adjacent districts of Telangana join together especially around Tolichowki to sell their livestock.
The participating states are from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Usually, a sheep yielding around 12 kg of meat is sold for Rs 10,000 and varies depending on many factors. Earlier it is observed that people have purchased a sheep weighing between 11 kg and 14 kg for Qurbani (Sacrifice).
But, this is not so with everyone in case. Wealthy families buy big rams priced between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000 each, as per the agent.
The agent selling the goats and sheep at Tolichowki also revealed that few people raise and feed the livestock with a special rich diet of dry fruits for 2 years before sacrifice.
With the tremendous changes in mindset, the affluent buy cattle as they treat it as a symbol of social status but it has nothing to do with religious practice,” said another sheep trader.
WHERE CAN ONE BUY THE SHEEP?
This year in 2022, many short-term markets have been set up at different places. Few of them are at – Chanchalguda, Nanal Nagar, Mehdipatnam, Falaknuma, Khilwat, Chandrayangutta, Shaheennagar, Kishanbagh, Azampura, Musheerabad, Golnaka, Banjara Hills, Zehra Nagar, Borabanda, AC Guards etc.
The rates have shot up by 1,000 to Rs 2,000 comparatively due to the rise in transportation charges after increase in petrol and diesel prices. Covid is the second reason as in the last 2 years due to the pandemic there were no sales and it looks like the traders are trying to cover up those earlier losses now,” said Raju Bhai, a commission dealer at Jiyaguda market.
The NEW TREND
With the advent of new technology and services, the mindset of people too looks changing. Many are opting firms offering the ‘Qurbani service’ wherein one has to pay a certain amount for the animal to them.
In this service, from Qurbani, cleaning, piecing and packing the meat, the firm takes care of every other aspect except distribution of meat. Such services have gained momentum and acceptance recently.
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