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Animal markets set up in Daska.

DASKA -- Though Eidul Azha is about two weeks away, animal markets set up on the outskirts of cities, including, Daska, Sambrial, Uggoki, Satrah, Chawinda, Badiana and Pasrur, and Sialkot look devoid of activity.

The main reason behind slow sales is high prices of animals, including cows, bulls, goats and camels.

Many visitors to markets opined that prices were much higher this year as compared to last year, with traders claiming that this year, there is a 40 per cent increase in the selling price.

A market survey revealed that medium-sized goats are being sold for 20,000-30,000 and cows between Rs50,000 - 100,000.

However, rates were higher for animals with good built and quality as well as the demands of the middlemen.

A Sargodha-based trader Huram Sahi said, the number of sacrificial animals is much lower this year. High prices of cattle are keeping people away from markets. A middleman Kamran iqbal from Mianwali said, even prices of camels have soured up to a great extant and there are few buyers.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 22, 2014
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