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Sale of meat cutting tools on rise.

ISLAMABAD -- The sale of tools used for slaughtering sacrificial animals, cutting and cooking meat is witnessing a sharp increase in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

A number of stalls are established in every locality to sell butchery tools, whereas street vendors also offer their services to sharpen the rusted tools of butchery.

Stall displaying knives, meat cleaver and Bar-B-Q tools including Angeethi (hand-made oven) and steel bars are a common feature of Eid-ul-Azha.

The street vendors and stallholder are minting money nowadays by selling the butchery tools on almost double price.

Blacksmith workshops are overworked in various markets of the twin cities. Hundreds of knives of all shapes and sizes lie next to them on the floor.

Every Blacksmith expects to sharpen between 2,000 to 4,000 different knives in the last week before the event.

The street vendors are witnessed to sell the variety of slaughter tools and also offering their services to sharpen the rusted slaughter equipment.

Some of the vendors are visiting various streets with knives sharpening equipments.

Ghulam Shabir, a mobile Blacksmith said that this is the time of year when "we make good money", adding that "I worked on 200 knives daily and this number may increase to about 800 later on".

A number of stalls are being established in different markets and localities for sale of new knives and steel bars.

A shopper said that street vendors and stallholders charging double price of butchery equipments, adding to hold the services of butchers was another difficult task.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Oct 7, 2013
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