MUZAFFARGARH - The prices of the sacrificial animals have registered an increase this year as compared to the last year’s perhaps because of increase in transportation charges and other associated expenses.

However, the district government of Muzaffargarh has waived the charges on the sale and purchase of animals to facilitate the people, thereby encouraging the traders to bring animals in the ancient city. The sellers are demanding high prices for the animals because they have a lot of time to wait for the customers. Traders expressed the hope that the sale would gain momentum in a couple of days as the walled city dwellers will start visiting the markets.

“A number of animals are expected to be sold on a day before Eidul Azha,” they said. A few animals, particularly goats and sheep, have arrived in the cities of Muzaffargarh, Alipur, Kot Addu and Jatoi so far and at present, the sale prices start from Rs10,000 because of limited number of animals available for sale.

The prices of A category goat/sheep have increased from Rs20,000 to Rs25,000 while prices of B category have increased from Rs10,000 to Rs15,000 and those of C category up to Rs10,000.

Despite the increased prices, the demand of the animals is being expected to get momentum in a few days.