Not many takers for goats this Bakri Eid in Surat

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The sale of goats for the Bakri Eid proceed to gone down in Surat with the continued Covid-19 pandemic.

In keeping with merchants, the enterprise noticed a 20 per cent fall this 12 months as many outstation merchants didn’t come because of the pandemic.

A number of believers carry out kurbani (slaughtering of goats, buffaloes or sheeps) on the event of Bakri Eid, which falls on Wednesday this 12 months — prompting many goat sellers, even from outdoors the state together with Rajasthan and Punjab, to achieve Surat forward of the event.

Surat metropolis additionally mandi for promoting goats –Sachin Bakra Mandi — which has been working for a very long time.

President of Surat Sachin Bakra Mandli Munaf Khambati stated, “Together with small mandlis which comes up ten days earlier than the Bakri Eid, we’re the foremost suppliers of goats in Surat around the 12 months. Final 12 months we bought 20,000 goats throughout this era, whereas it dipped additional this 12 months as we’ve got solely bought 12,000 to this point. Nevertheless, earlier than the pandemic, we used to promote 25,000 to 30,000 goats in the course of the 10 days forward of Bakri Eid.”

He added, “The worth of goats ranges from Rs 15,000- Rs 32,000. This 12 months, as a substitute of spending cash shopping for goats, folks have opted for hissewali kurbani, the place the organisation will give them meat after getting the goats slaughtered for cooking.”

Aasif Malek, a lawyer from Surat, stated, “Previous to the pandemic, we had been doing kurbani of two goats. Final 12 months, we managed to buy one goat and this 12 months we’ve got given cash for hisse wali kurbani. We can’t afford to buy a goat for Rs 15,000, so we paid Rs 5000 in hissewali kurbani.

A make-shift market has been erected at an open floor at Bharatnagar in Limbayat, the place over 25 merchants who had from Rajasthan are promoting their goats. Earlier such small mandis might be discovered in numerous areas like Chowk Bazaar, Zampa Bazaar, Bhatena forward of Bakri Eid, however this 12 months, solely Limbayat has one.

Among the many merchants is Zakir Sindhi (60), who has been coming to Surat for the final 20 years from Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

“Earlier than the pandemic, we used to convey a inventory of 200 goats to promote within the Surat market, and earned revenue of Rs. 3,000- Rs. 4,000 on each goat. However this 12 months, the margin has gone all the way down to Rs 1,000-Rs 1,500 per goat. We have now to maintain the transportation prices of the goats, together with their day by day meals and different bills… This 12 months we’ve got introduced solely 100 goats and 20 of them are but to be bought,” he stated.

One other goat vendor Jagdish Meena a resident of Chittorgarh in Rajasthan, who used to promote goats within the small mandi is now seen standing on the footpath at Chowk Bazaar space together with his family promoting goats.

“This 12 months we’ve got not booked house within the mandi. We will’t afford to pay the lease for ten day now. We additionally compromised on the costs of the goats however 10 goats are nonetheless left unsold. Earlier we had made a pucca home at my native place with the cash earned from the Surat market after promoting goats, however this 12 months we suffered loss,” says Jagdish hoping for enterprise to enhance in 2022.

Jaleel Shaikh, a Limbayat resident who takes care of the open floor at Bharatnagar, says the variety of merchants coming from outdoors has gone down this 12 months.

“We had a number of merchants earlier from Punjab, however this 12 months they didn’t come. Round 22 vehicles loaded with 2,100 goats have come from Rajasthan, out of which round 300 goats are nonetheless unsold. Final 12 months, at our open floor mandi, we had received inventory of round 3,000 goats, with 35 vehicles and earlier than the pandemic, at our place goats over 5,000 in numbers had been bought. With the drop in gross sales, we’ve got additionally diminished the fees taken from merchants. We have now made all of the preparations together with sheds, water services and bathroom blocks for the merchants, who sleep in the identical tent. ”

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