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Kashmir’s mutton industry registers Rs 400 Cr loss in 4 months

Approx sale, profit-loss on daily basis is Rs 3.20 Cr, says Association President

Owais Gul

(Asian News Hub) – With no letup in tussle between the government and mutton dealers over the rates, Kashmir’s mutton industry has suffered a cumulative loss of Rs 400 Crores in the past four months.

The dealers opine that the marginal loss on daily basis is Rs 3.20 crores.

Talking to the news agency—KNO, All Kashmir Wholesale Mutton Dealers Association (AKWMDA) president Mehraj-ud-Din said that Kashmir was consuming almost Rs 4 Crore worth mutton a day.

“The mutton (Outside livestock) was being consumed at the cost of Rs 4 Crore a day before the tussle, but now the meat consuming has declined by at least 80 per cent,” he said, adding that in last four months, the people affiliated with the trade have suffered a marginal loss of Rs 15 Crore, saying that the sale loss is too much high.

He added that only 20 per cent meat is being consumed across Kashmir on a daily basis due to the prevalent situation, which continued from November last year, when the government fixed fresh rates and asked the mutton dealers to sell mutton at the rate of Rs 480 per kg.

He said that comparing the previous figure, the mutton dealers are suffering 80 per cent losses per day, which is Rs 3.20 Crore on a regular basis.

“From Rs 4 Crore daily, the market has reduced to just Rs 80,000,00 per day across Kashmir,” Mehraj said, adding that these losses are not expected to end until and unless the rigid policy towards the mutton dealers will come to an end.

Amid prevalent situation, the estimated sale and profit loss to the mutton dealers in a month is Rs 96 Crores.

“We could have done a business of nearly 400 crore during these months, but have been deprived. The losses, if we look, are very much high. We are not being pushed to the wall as our EMIs of banks and other things are being deducted with no business at all,” he said.

Notably, the government and the mutton dealers on February 27 held a meeting to discuss the issues. However, the meeting failed to end the deadlock as the mutton dealers continued to press for a hike in the rates, which was increased by the government from Rs 480 in November 2020 to Rs 515.

Director Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Bashir Ahmad Khan wasn’t available for the comments.

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Body of 50-yr-old man retrieved after 3 days from Jhelum

(Asian News Hub) – Three days after drowning into Kiti Koul in Kani Kadal area of Srinagar, the body of a 50-year-old man has been retrieved from river Jhelum on Monday evening.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of a 50-year-old man was retrieved today by River police from Jehlum in Takanwari area of Noorbagh in Srinagar.

They identified the deceased as Feroz Ahmad Raina, son of Late Abdul Aziz Raina of Zaindar Mohalla, Habba Kadal.

Meanwhile, they said that the body will be handed over to the family after completing the legal formalities.


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Elderly man injured in leopard attack in Anantnag

(Asian News Hub) – An elderly man was injured after a leopard attacked him in Chanderwan Uttersoo area of Shangus of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday evening.

Reports Reaching GNS said that a leopard attacked Abdul  Rasheed Wani Son of Mohammad Ahsan Wani of Chanderwan Uttersoo village, resulting in injuries to him.

Soon after the incident he was rushed to a nearby hospital wherefrom he was shifted to GMC Anantnag for specialized treatment.

Meanwhile the local residents appealed to the Wildlife Department to capture the wild animals present in the area at an earliest in order to prevent any further attacks.


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Samaniya Bhat: Youngest radio jockey from Baramulla

(Asian News Hub) – A 22-year-old girl from Baramulla is winning hearts of people through her voice and informative programmes as she works as a radio jockey at Radio Chinar at Sopore.

RJ Samaniya Bhat a resident of main town Baramulla who has recently completed her bachelors in Journalism and Mass communication from GDC Baramulla is first female radio jockey of North Kashmir and the youngest radio jockey of Kashmir Valley.

Bhat while talking with news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that since her childhood she was interested in journalism, however, by chance she grabbed the opportunity to become a radio Jockey.

“I was always fond of microphones and when I heard that north Kashmir is going to have its first radio station I went for an interview and after 4 or 5 rounds, I was among selected ones and only female,” she said.

“I feel happy to work as Radio Jockey because it is a very creative field and it helps in building your confidence and become outspoken and spontaneous,” Bhat said, adding “she remains in the studio from 12 pm to 3 pm and produces a programme Hallabhol with RJ Samaniya.”

“Our main aim is to involve our youth and entertain people besides talented persons who are being called to the studio who keep their viewpoint before people,” she said.

“Do the things you are good at and follow your dreams with hard work, she said, in her message to students, while adding that parents must allow their children to choose their field and shouldn’t force them to go in any field in which they aren’t interested.


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