5 lakh sheep, goats estimated to be sacrificed on Eid

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An estimated five lakh animals are required for sacrifice in Kashmir valley on the upcoming Eid ul Adha festival, of which half will be provided by local breeders while the rest will be imported from other states.

The information was provided at a meeting chaired earlier this month by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to review the arrangements put in place for the Eid ul Adha, which will be celebrated on 21 July.

“The chair was apprised that 5 lakh animals normally requires for the Eid ul Azha for which 2-3 lakh animals are being provided by the local breeders and rest by importing from the rest of the neighbouring states,” read the minutes of the meeting.

The Director Animal Husbandry was directed to ensure that only healthy animals are transported and also ensure the availability of the sacrificial animals in identified places.

Furthermore, it was directed to ensure that the sacrificial animals are sold as per the notified rates.

In December last year, in a meeting held by the Divisional Commissioner, it was informed that a modern hygienic slaughter house was being constructed by Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC) at Alochi Bagh which would be completed by August 2021.

The SMC commissioner while talking about the same in the latest meeting said that the construction of the slaughter was going on at full pace to which the chair directed that it should be made functional before the summer of 2022.

In the meeting, it was also directed that the Director of Health Services shall also explore the possibility of vaccination and testing at various identified places of sacrificial animals and markets.

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