The Telangana Government fixed mutton price at Rs 700/kg. The animal husbandry department had to take this measure to ensure that random pricing is not done. The Mutton Price has increased to Rs 1,200 in some regions, those in GHMC limits. Now the Telangana government has decided to fix Rs 600-700/kg and meat shop owners have to follow the order.
Talasani Srinivas Yadav, minister of the animal husbandry department held a high-level meeting with officials to regulate sheep costs with immediate effect, according to the latest sources of the Deccan Chronicle. The Meat shop owners and butchers raised the costs according to their wishes citing bird flu scare. In some regions, what was Rs 650/kg was being sold for a huge Rs 1,200 taking advantage of customers, crowding meat shops. Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav ordered the officials to monitor the availability of sheep and goats in Telangana.
He asked them to bookcases on shop owners and butchers. There has been no shortage of sheep and goats, according to a senior animal husbandry official. He told the Deccan Chronicle, “We have around two crore sheep and goats in the state, which would be more than sufficient to meet the needs of consumers. We have advised officials to raid shops selling at prices over and above the fixed rates and bookcases against them.
In GHMC area alone, we have collected Rs 20 lakh as a penalty against outlets selling stale meat and at higher prices.” A final decision will be taken after discussing it with the federation. The official added, “What is the cost of 1 kg mutton? – Telangana Government fixed Mutton Price would be fixed anywhere between Rs 600-700/kg.”
Telangana government has ordered district collectors of Nizamabad, Kamareddy, Nirmal, Adilabad, Asifabad, and Mancherial to be on high alert and stop the entry of birds from Maharashtra. These districts share the borders with Maharashtra where bird flu cases have been confirmed. They have asked for check posts on border regions and stopped the entry of poultry items from Maharashtra.