Based on merchants, the enterprise noticed a 20 per cent fall this 12 months as many outstation merchants didn’t come because of the pandemic.
A number of believers carry out kurbani (slaughtering of goats, buffaloes or sheeps) on the event of Bakri Eid, which falls on Wednesday this 12 months — prompting many goat sellers, even from exterior the state together with Rajasthan and Punjab, to succeed in Surat forward of the event.
Surat metropolis additionally mandi for promoting goats –Sachin Bakra Mandi — which has been working for a very long time.
President of Surat Sachin Bakra Mandli Munaf Khambati stated, “Together with small mandlis which comes up ten days earlier than the Bakri Eid, we’re the most important suppliers of goats in Surat around the 12 months. Final 12 months we offered 20,000 goats throughout this era, whereas it dipped additional this 12 months as now we have solely offered 12,000 thus far. Nonetheless, earlier than the pandemic, we used to promote 25,000 to 30,000 goats through the 10 days forward of Bakri Eid.”
He added, “The value of goats ranges from Rs 15,000- Rs 32,000. This 12 months, as an alternative of spending cash shopping for goats, folks have opted for hissewali kurbani, the place the organisation will give them meat after getting the goats slaughtered for cooking.”
Aasif Malek, a lawyer from Surat, stated, “Previous to the pandemic, we have been doing kurbani of two goats. Final 12 months, we managed to buy one goat and this 12 months now we have given cash for hisse wali kurbani. We can’t afford to buy a goat for Rs 15,000, so we paid Rs 5000 in hissewali kurbani.
A make-shift market has been erected at an open floor at Bharatnagar in Limbayat, the place over 25 merchants who had from Rajasthan are promoting their goats. Earlier such small mandis could possibly be discovered in numerous areas like Chowk Bazaar, Zampa Bazaar, Bhatena forward of Bakri Eid, however this 12 months, solely Limbayat has one.
Among the many merchants is Zakir Sindhi (60), who has been coming to Surat for the final 20 years from Jodhpur in Rajasthan.
“Earlier than the pandemic, we used to deliver a inventory of 200 goats to promote within the Surat market, and earned revenue of Rs. 3,000- Rs. 4,000 on each goat. However this 12 months, the margin has gone right down to Rs 1,000-Rs 1,500 per goat. Now we have to care for the transportation prices of the goats, together with their each day meals and different bills… This 12 months now we have introduced solely 100 goats and 20 of them are but to be offered,” he stated.
One other goat vendor Jagdish Meena a resident of Chittorgarh in Rajasthan, who used to promote goats within the small mandi is now seen standing on the footpath at Chowk Bazaar space together with his family promoting goats.
“This 12 months now we have not booked area within the mandi. We are able to’t afford to pay the lease for ten day now. We additionally compromised on the costs of the goats however 10 goats are nonetheless left unsold. Earlier we had made a pucca home at my native place with the cash earned from the Surat market after promoting goats, however this 12 months we suffered loss,” says Jagdish hoping for enterprise to enhance in 2022.
Jaleel Shaikh, a Limbayat resident who takes care of the open floor at Bharatnagar, says the variety of merchants coming from exterior has gone down this 12 months.
“We had a couple of merchants earlier from Punjab, however this 12 months they didn’t come. Round 22 vans loaded with 2,100 goats have come from Rajasthan, out of which round 300 goats are nonetheless unsold. Final 12 months, at our open floor mandi, we had received inventory of round 3,000 goats, with 35 vans and earlier than the pandemic, at our place goats over 5,000 in numbers have been offered. With the drop in gross sales, now we have additionally diminished the fees taken from merchants. Now we have made all of the preparations together with sheds, water amenities and bathroom blocks for the merchants, who sleep in the identical tent. ”