SARGODHA, Jun 19 (APP): The sale of sacrificial animals was gaining momentum in four temporary cattle markets in the district.
People were seen at the cattle markets inquiring about the prices of sacrificial animals and haggling with dealers over the prices.
Nouman, a vendor while talking to APP at Sargodha Main Cattle market said that the prices of animals were much higher than the previous year because of the increase in fuel prices, feed and vaccinations.
According to a survey conducted by APP, vendors were demanding Rs 45,000 to Rs 58,000 for a less-weight goat and Rs 77,000 to Rs 89,000 for a pair of goats.
The administration had set up four cattle markets in Sargodha district including Bakar Mandi, Satellite Town, Lorry Adda, and near Goal Chowk city areas.
Municipal Corporation Sargodha (MCS) and Cantonment Board authorities had imposed a ban on the entry of sacrificial animals in city areas as well as in cantonment areas.
Under the ban, the sale and purchase of animals had also been restricted in these areas.
The decision was taken to maintain cleanliness, said an MCS spokesperson while talking to APP on Sunday.
The officials of the livestock department had set up camps at all entry points of the city to do anti-Congo spray for the protection of animals from the deadly disease.
Sargodha Cantonment Board (SCB) allowed the contractors to set up a temporary cattle market in Silaniwali and Shaheenabad for the convenience of people.
Authorities concerned had been directed to strictly implement standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Strict action was being taken against vendors found violating the SOPs, besides
imposing heavy fine besides confiscating their animals, he added.

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