As the holy month of Ramzan draws to a close and Eid al-Fitr is set to take place on May 3, the goat market in Madurai and Krishnagiri districts in Tamil Nadu saw massive crowds and sales on Friday . According to traders, the goats were sold for more than Rs 2 crore at Madurai’s Thirumangalam market, which is the biggest market in southern Tamil Nadu. Similarly, at the weekly Kundharapalli market in Krishnagiri district, traders sold goats for a whopping Rs 10 crore ahead of Eid.
Traders in Thirumangalam said the minimum price for a goat was between Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000, more than the weekly selling price. Residents of neighboring districts of Virudhunagar, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli and Dindigul rushed to buy ‘Ramzan’ goats at Thirumangalam market, as the meat is said to taste the best in markets in this region.
The Thirumangalam Sheep Market is usually set up every week on Fridays. Considered the largest market, traders typically sell between 8,000 and 10,000 goats per week. In the southern districts, traders from various places including Madurai, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Kovilpatti and Tirunelveli bought and sold goats and chickens. Every week, a large crowd is seen starting early in the morning.
In preparation for the Eid Al Fitr holiday, the sheep market which started at 4am on Friday saw massive crowds. Around 10,000 to 20,000 goats were sold today, while one goat was expected to be fetched for Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 this week. Traders, however, said they would sell them for ₹15,000 and ₹25,000 each. Traders said more than Rs 2 crore worth of goats were bought from Thirumangalam cattle market in a single day.
Similarly, traders from Dharmapuri and Hosur brought about 10,000 goats to sell in Krishnagiri market on the occasion of Ramzan. Depending on the weight, each goat fetched a minimum of Rs 7,000 to a maximum of Rs 25,000. Within a day, sales reached a whopping Rs 10 crore at the weekly Kundharapalli market.
Bidders have complained of a space crunch due to large numbers of goat traders and public attendance and have urged the Thirumangalam Municipal Administration to expand the market amid the Covid surge -19. Traders also said that goat prices have been rising over the past two months and prices will only be brought under control after the festival ends. Furthermore, they stated that the current supply of goats is high and the sale of goats is slow due to the continuous rise in prices.
Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the dawn-to-dusk fasting month of Ramzan, will be celebrated on May 3 this year. The festival is marked with feasts and devotees offer prayers in mosques and idgahs to seek blessings from the divine. During Ramzan, Muslims practice Sawm (fasting) and engage in charitable and spiritual activities such as reading the Quran and praying. In the evening, people have Iftar, the meal taken after sunset during Ramzan to break the day’s fast.
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