LAHORE - Traders selling sacrificial camels had to face utter disappointment as there were few buyers this time due to skyrocketing prices of the animals. Hundreds of camels were brought to the place designated for buying and selling camels on Bund Road, Sabzazar, behind Bakr Mandi. Last year, Lahorites had preferred camels for performing collective sacrifices but owing to three times more prices of the animals this year quite few people could afford purchasing of camels. Thousands of camels were brought from southern Punjab districts of Mianwali, Bhakkar, DG Khan, DI Khan, Bahawalpur, Rojhan and the areas adjoining Balochistan for sale in Punjab last year. The camel-markets were set up in Multan, Okara, Gujranwala, Shikhupura, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Rawalpindi districts, where the Iraqi camels were also sold in the market. But this time the situation remained entirely different in the City where a small section of society took interest in these animals. A camel manageable at the price of a cow last year has gone out of the reach of buyers while the prices of cows have also risen almost double. An average camel, which could be purchased at Rs 35,000 to 50,000 last year, was available at Rs 70,000 to Rs 0.1 million. A group of seven contributors have to pay Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 each for a camel and Rs 4,500 for a cow. Average camel produces 350 to 500 kilogram meat while a healthy camel can produce 800 to 1,200 kilogram meat. The camels ranging from Rs 0.3 million to Rs 0.5 million were also brought to the markets in City. 'Maricha camel was sold at Rs 0.4 million while 'Gada was another popular specie among the buyers, besides the tall, slim 'Dachi in skin and white colour. A camel trader told this correspondent the camels were sold in Quetta at fairly good prices for slaughter and export. He said the number of camels brought to Lahore and other district of Punjab were less in number than the year and their prices were too high. Though the city district government had abolished entry fee at the designated places some unscrupulous persons in connivance with the CDGL officials allegedly extorted money as a rent for the sites allocated to the cattle owners. They charged Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000 for the space occupied by them at Bund Road, Sabzazar, Kot Kamboh, Babu Sabu etc. It is worth mentioning here that a camel must be of five years and his two front teeth should be according to the requirement must for the sacrifice. The camels meat is salty and is stated to be curative for hepatitis, piles and many stomach diseases.