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Sale of nearly 2 lakh sheep expected in Hyderabad

Muslims are gearing up for the upcoming Bakrid and with that comes the demand for rams, sheep, and goats in Hyderabad.

During the three-day festival starting Sunday, it is expected that around 2 lakh sheep will be sold in Hyderabad.

A celebration of Bakrid is held on the tenth day of the Islamic calendar month of Dhul Hijjah, the final month of the year. Bakrid will be celebrated this year on July 10.

In celebration of the occasion, Muslims sacrifice sheep or cattle and divide their meat into three equal portions. Friends, acquaintances, and relatives receive one part, while the poor and destitute receive the other, and the remaining portion is theirs to keep.

In the lead up to the festival, several temporary markets are set up in Chanchalguda, Nanal Nagar, Mehdipatnam, Falaknuma, Khilwat, Chandrayangutta, Shaheennagar, Kishanbagh, Azampura, Musheerabad, Golnaka, Banjara Hills, Zehra Nagar, Borabanda, and AC Guards areas of the Hyderabad.

Telangana and adjoining Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka sheep traders sell their livestock in Hyderabad.

A sheep yielding around 12 kilograms of meat is sold in the market for Rs 10,000 according to Tajuddin Ahmed, a commission agent at Jiyaguda sheep market. For Qurbani, people usually purchase sheep weighing between 11 kg and 14 kg, he added.

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In recent years, people have increasingly preferred firms that offer the Qurbani service in which they pay them a certain amount for the animal. Apart from distribution, the company takes care of everything from sacrificing the animal to cleaning, piecing, and packing the meat. Over the past few years, such services have gained popularity.

Over the last two years, the pandemic has helped such services gain popularity and acceptance. People were forced to stay indoors due to COVID. This resulted in the mass acceptance of the e-commerce market.







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