‘Last year I sold sheep for Rs 3 lakh’
A rare breed of sheep from Afghanistan, Turkey and Rajhstan meant for sacrifice on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha are being sold for Rs 2.50 lakh to 1.50 lakh.
The rare breed of sheep is being sold by a Sopore man Ghulam Hasan Ganaie. “A large number of people come here to look at this rare breed but all don’t come to buy them. They come here to have a look at these sheep. These are very expensive,” Ganaie told news agency KNT.
He said he takes care of these sacrificial rare animals like his sons. “One of the sheep weighs more than a quintal and is a rare breed. It is given a diet of ghee, coconut, fruits, milk and dry fruits. There is a special doctor for them and these have to be treated like our own sons,” Ghulam Hasan Ganaie said.
“The price I seek from the customers for one of the sheep is Rs 2.50 lakh. Another sheep is for Rs 2 lakh and the third category fetches Rs 1.50 lakh,” he said while caressing these sheep.
He said due to Covid-19 pandemic, there is financial crunch and people prefer local breed. “I have sold these sheep in this Eidgah ground and at Bypass Srinagar earlier as well. There are believers who willingly pay for these sheep,” he told Kashmir News Trust.
Eid-ul Azha will be celebrated across Kashmir on Saturday.
Ghulam Hasan breeds goats and sheep for Eid every year. This year, he had planned to sell all the rare breed sheep but Covid pandemic dashed his hopes. “Covid-19 has broke of back of economy but still i am thankful to Almighty and I am hopeful things will improve,” he said.
He said last year he sold a sheep for Rs 3 lakh in Srinagar. KNT