BAHAWALPUR: While people thronged cattle markets a few days before Eidul Azha in the hope of striking a bargain, prices of sacrificial animals remained stubbornly high.
Among those were also the people who had repeatedly visited these markets in a bid to make deal with traders of animals of their liking under their budget. Bahawalpur Cattle Market, the city’s largest cattle market at Karachi Mor was the busiest place where the bargain was at its peak.
However, the market lacks facilities to meet the requirements of sellers and buyers. There are insufficient arrangements for drinking water for cattle and humans and shelter from scorching sun. The cattle vendors have brought tents on their own to provide shade to their cattle for which they are charging extra from the people who come to buy sacrificial animals.
While speaking to The Express Tribune, a vendor Allah Wasaya told The Express Tribune that he came from Ahmadpur East with his four billy goats and two bulls.
He added, “I am here for almost a week now and could only manage to sell one billy goat.” He maintained, “I am paying expenses for the space that I acquired in the cattle market and fodder of the animals which is too costly.”
Allah Wasaya said, “I will add these expenses into the prices of my cattle and charge the customers which is the right of every vendor.”
“There is no security in the cattle markets and fear of theft keeps us awake all night,” he said. Other sellers also complained about the absence of veterinary doctors in the markets.
Resident of Islamia Colony Tauqeer Anwar told The Express Tribune, “I bought a billy goat for Rs62,000 on the insistence of my sons.” He said, “They are excited about getting the goat and I have to spend my savings to buy the sacrificial animal.”
Similarly, another resident of Muhammadia Colony Hammad Rizvi said, “I have been visiting the cattle market for a couple of days now and still, I am not able to find a sacrificial animal within my budget.”
He added that prices in the cattle market are way higher than last year. “It seems difficult for me to find a billy goat within my buying capacity.”
“So far sellers have not lowered prices to cover travelling expenses and costs associated with keeping animals in cattle markets,” he remarked.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th, 2017.