3 million 700 thousand sacrificial animals were sold during the Sacrifice Feast (Eid al-Adha)…
Nihat Çelik, Chairperson of Sheep and Goat Breeders’ Association of Turkey (TÜDKİYEB), announced the number of sacrificial animals sold during the Sacrifice Feast.
Çelik said, “A total of 3 million 700 thousand heads of sacrificials, including 2 million 750 thousand ovines and 950 thousand cattle, were sold during Eid al-Adha.”
Çelik said that due to the fact that citizens prefer to slaughter by proxy both at home and abroad, the demand in sacrificial (qurban) markets has decreased, and that the expected high sales have not been achieved, especially in big cities such as Istanbul and Ankara.
Noting that sacrificials (qurbans) are more sold in small cities according to population, Çelik explained, “Breeders who sell their qurbans in their own cities or nearby make good money.
Stating that the high occupation fees and other expenses of the municipalities affected the growers negatively this year, Çelik added, “Producers had to sell almost at par. Furthermore the inability of municipalities to provide adequate services in big cities also causes problems for sellers.”