PESHAWAR - The sale of sacrificial animals is getting momentum in provincial capital as inter-provincial cattle transporters are bringing their stocks to the lucrative market of Peshawar to earn maximum profit.

Apart from local dealers, the businessmen of Punjab and Sindh provinces are also bringing their sacrificial animals in large number to fully exploit the lucrative market of Peshawar, which attracts buyers not only from across KP and FATA but also from neighboring Afghanistan on the holy occasion of Eidul Azha.

According to APP Survey at different cattle markets of the City here on Monday, it was found that the visitors were more in number than buyers these days as most of them went to the markets only to have some ideas about the    prices.

"Since last Saturday, I have sold only 20 goats out 80 in Firdus market. These days, the buyers are mainly come to the markets to take ideas about the prices of sacrificial animals while many returns empty hands," Ali Khan, cattle trader from Pachagai Road said.

Nearly eight days ahead of Eid-ul Azha, sacrificial animals has started pouring into local markets but the prices are high and beyond the capacity of low-income groups and middle class as the prices have almost gone double compared to last year.

Misal Khan, a retired government employee told APP that he would prefer to participate in collective "Qurbani" consists of seven families on this Eid as prices of goat and sheep has registered record increase and beyond his purchasing power.

"In last days of Eid, I hope the prices of sacrificial animals may go down and will prefer to buy Ox or Buffalo for collective Qurbani," Khan added.

In Peshawar, a buffalo, cow/ox and lean goat are now being sold between range of Rs.120,000-800,000, Rs.95,000-70,000 and Rs.40,000-30,000 with almost 30 percent increase compare to last year.

"The people are just come to cattle market, ask about prices and returns empty hands with gossiping," a contractor of Lala Kala cattle market said.

The sale of sacrificial animals in these days getting momentum and hopefully will increase as Eid come more nearer, he added.

"I have so far brought 12 trucks of cattle, eight cows in each truck from Jacobabad Sindh and my younger brother will send five more trucks shortly to Peshawar," Aslam Chandio, an inter- provincial exporter of Jacabobad Sindh said.

He said profits in Peshawar are high comparatively at Jaccobabad on Eid days and he was engage in this business since last ten years. He said his father Mollabukhsh Chandio had also brought cattle to Peshawar.

"The prices of cow and oxen are also higher which we are importing them from districts Sahiwal, Sialkot and Kasur of the Punjab," Sifatullah, cattle businessman of Aslam Dheri, Pachagai Road said.

"I have refused an offer of Rs.120,000 for my ox named "Bulbul" last Sunday as I am demanding Rs 150,000 for it," he added.

The escalation in cattle prices is result of gradual decrease of sacrificial animals in KP during last few years, an official of Livestock and Dairy Development told APP. 

He said we have no choice but to import cattle from the Punjab province to ensure availability of sacrificial animals on reasonable rates to people,", adding that around 70 to 75 percent of cattle are brought to KP from Punjab on Eidul Azha's occasion. 

He said the Govt have established several checkpoints at various places on highways connecting KP with FATA to control the menace of cattle smuggling to Afghanistan.

He requested the law enforcement agencies to ensure strict vigilance on all the entry and exit points in the province and Fata to control the menace of cattle smuggling.