Goat, mutton become dearer in Jhapa

By Our Correspondent

Damak, Sept. 5: When Dashain and other major festivals are approaching closer, the businessmen have increased the price of goat and mutton significantly in Jhapa district.

In Damak Pashuhat (livestock market), one of the largest markets of livestock in east Nepal, the price of goat reached the record high on Wednesday.
Rewat Limbu, a farmer from Madhumalla in Morang district, who had returned home without selling his he-goat at Rs. 15,000 last week, sold the same goat at Rs. 18,000 on Wednesday.
“Though many middlemen visited my house to purchase my goat, but I brought it to the weekly market to obtain a good price,” Limbu said.
Farmers from Ilam and Panchthar districts also bring their goats for sales in the weekly livestock market of Damak.
Chetan Niraula, who arrived in the livestock market on Wednesday to purchase a goat, said that he got surprised while hearing the price of goats in the market.
Niraula, who is a resident of Kamal Rural Municipality, said that it had been difficult to get goats in less than Rs. 15,000 in the local market.
As compared to other livestock, transaction of goats has increased significantly in recent days in the livestock market of Damak.
Transaction of goat has increased significantly in recent days due to the arrival of Dashain season, said Madhav Basnet, who was found in the market on Wednesday.
The trend of purchasing he-goats in Dashain by selling other livestock is still in practice.
Similarly, owing to the rise in price of goat, the price of mutton has also increased by Rs. 50 to Rs. 100 per kilogram in the district. The meat of the goat which used to be available at Rs. 750 has reached Rs. 800 to 850 per kilogram in the local market.
Though there is committee for determining the price of goat meat and other food items in the district, local meat traders have increased the price of mutton without consulting the committee.
Dr. Nabin Chapagain, president of Consumer Right Protection Forum Damak, said that consumes had been affected when the traders tend to set price as per their wish.
Consumers visiting market taking limited budget to purchase goods and services on the basis of their previous price are now been forced to return without purchasing goods due to soaring market price, Chapagain said.
Bhim Poudel, coordinator of monitoring committee formed by Damak Municipality, said that the committee was planning to monitor the market as per the oral complaints received in the committee regarding unnecessary price hike of goat and goat meat.

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