Dashain Festival

Price of mountain goat rises as demand soars

Published On: October 10, 2021 10:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

GALKOT, Oct 10: After walking for eight days, trader Ram Bahadur Khatri came to Baglung from Mustang with 25 mountain goats. This is the first time in decades he imported mountain goats from Mustang to Baglung. 

Although a dozen traders in the district used to reach Mustang to get the mountain goats on the occasion of Dashain, this time only a few traders reached Mustang. As the goats could not be brought from neighboring Tibet, bringing them from Mustang has increased the price.

At present, most of the mountain goats of Mustang are taken to Pokhara. Until a few years ago, traders would bring two to three thousand mountain in Baglung alone. But the number has come down to five to seven hundred now.

Khatri said that he had come to Baglung with a small number of mountain goats because of the high price of the goats in Mustang. "The price of a mountain goat in Mustang is Rs 32,000, and we plan to sell it in Baglung for at least Rs 36,000," he said. 

Traders Mahendra KC and Ammar Bahadur Kshatriya, who have reached Mustang, are also coming to Baglung with the mountain goats.

At present, the price of the meat of mountain goat in the district is Rs. 1,800 per kilogram. Although there is a high demand for goat and chicken meat in other festivals, there is a tradition of eating the meat of mountain goat and taking it as a gift during the Dashain festival.


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