Mutton traders expect bumper sale on Eid

SRINAGAR: With Eid round the corner, the mutton traders are expecting bumper sale saying the sales may go beyond Rs 30 crore.
Shopping in the city markets and elsewhere is picking up, the mutton traders here have estimated that on this Eid (Fitr) the mutton consumption would be around 600 tons.
Chairman All Kashmir wholesale Mutton Dealers’ Union, Mehraj-ud-Din Ganaie told Kashmir Reader that from the last three days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) around 300 trucks of sheep were supplied to the Valley.
“In the coming days 200 more trucks will arrive in the Valley. And the stock for the Eid will be around 50,000 animals. In addition we have our domestic production,” Ganaie said.
Ganaie said that during the festival,  the demand for mutton  soars and dealers also stock mutton for marriages.
“On this Eid sales obviously go up as compared to normal days or Eid-al Adha. After the festival we have to supply mutton for marriages, orders for which have been already received,’ Ganaie said.
President Kashmir Butchers’ Union Khazir Mohammad Rigoo said that on an average Valley consumes mutton worth Rs 3 Crore daily.
“Usually Kashmir imports around 4000 sheep on an average but during Ramadan it goes up to 5000 sheep per day,” Rigoo said.
Kashmir gets most of the mutton from northern mandies of neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and UP.
Annually Kashmir’s mutton consumption is around 26,000 tons excluding beef and chicken. And it is also believed that the state has a meat consumption of about 85 percent.
J&K has highest meat consumption where per person consumption is 247 gram in 30 days followed by Andhra Pradesh with 149 gram per person per month. The all-India average is just 79 gram.
More than 6,000 sheep and goats and about 40,000 chicken are being consumed daily, of which majority are being imported from outside of the state. While as rest of Indians consume only 3.2 Kg of meat per capita.