Online Sale of Goats & Cattle Gain Popularity on Classified Sites Like Olx & Quikr; Sparks Religious Debate
As more and more Indians are able to access Internet, more and more traditional purchases are being converted into online sales. And the latest to hit this trend are goats, cows and buffaloes.
We can see on online classified sites like Olx, Quikr, the popularity of this niche is increasing at a healthy pace. And don’t assume that the prices are cheap: When it comes to highly productive cows, which can deliver good amount of milk, the price can rise upto Rs 2.5 lakh.
As observed in these listings, the trend is not limited to rural areas, but has spread across the India, which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Kochi, Agra, Bilaspur, and more.
Such is the popularity of these ads, that both Olx and Quikr have introduced separate categories for the listing of these animals. However, sale-purchase of pet animals such as dogs, cats, birds are still the top favorite as of now. But going by the popularity of goats and cattle, soon, this can change.
Online Sale of Goats Due To Bakra Eid
With Eid al-Adha (Bakra Eid) falling on September 22-23, the listing of goats have increased on such classified sites. And there are of options as well, for the buyer. For instance, on Olx, the range starts from Rs 5000 and goes upto Rs 40,000.
On Quikr, the highest priced goat is sold at Rs 1.5 lakh and the prices start from Rs 10,000.
Offline retailers are, actually upset that online retail has not even spared this industry; but buyers are happy, because the cost of goats online is cheaper.
Secretary of Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid of Ludhiana Mohammad Mustaqeem said, “Last year, the goats were more costly due to different market factors. However, it has been learnt that cost of goats online is a bit cheaper.”
Religious Debate Has Been Triggered
On the online sale of goats, which would be mainly used for sacrificing during the Muslim festival, a religious debate has been triggered, wherein religious scholars are questioning the authenticity of this trade.
As per some Muslim scholars, a goat needs to be examined closely before the purchase, which includes several layers of tests to determine the healthiness of the animal. However, with online sales, there are on checks performed, and even bargaining is not possible.
However, Agra Mufti Mudassar Ali Qadri has officially declared that sale and purchase of goats using online medium is perfectly valid, and said that Muslims should be ready to adapt changes.
Overall, clicking an ad to purchase goats and cattle is gaining momentum, and the trend will soon convert into normal business.
Indian internet industry has certainly jumped few steps and move closer to the mainstream economy with this new fashion.