The Directorate of Civil, Food Supplies and Consumer Affairs (CAPD) has decided the price of livestock ahead of the Eid-ul-Adha festival and capped the price of sheep at 285 rupees per kilogram while poultry has been fixed at 140 per kilogram.
The decision was taken at a meeting held today to discuss availability and pricing of sacrificial sheep and poultry products ahead of Eid-Al-Adha, which will be celebrated next week.
Mohammad Akbar, Deputy Director Supplies CAPD, said that after due considerations the price of the livestock was decided.
He said a total of sixteen locations have been decided for sale of sacrificial animals in and around Srinagar and the price has been fixed at 285 rupees per kilogram.
He said the price of poultry has been fixed at 140 rupees per kilogram.
“Though the poultry farmers demanded a price band of 165 to 180 rupees due to the recent outbreak of avian influenza that has hit poultry supply, the demand couldn’t be accommodated,” the official said.
He said that the said price of 140 per kilogram for the poultry was agreed after analysis by the Animal Husbandry division. Last year, the price was set at 125 rupees.
He further said that special attention will be given to following all the COVID-19 protocols at the designated sale points.
The official said that the Directorate has consulted the Health Department for providing necessary SOPs to keep the spread of the virus in check. “People won’t be allowed at the designated markets if they haven’t been vaccinated. Social distancing and wearing of masks are mandatory,” he said.
The department has also increased the number of market inspection teams ahead of the Eid-Al-Adha.