Mugu people will have to buy costly he goats as Chinese sheep won’t come

Mugu, Sept. 30: As Dashain, Tihar and Chhath festivals come closer, there will be no Chinese he -goats in Mugu district this year. In the past, Nepalese consumers were attracted to Chinese he-goats as they were cheaper than local ones, but the traders will not bring them this year as their price has increased.  In the past, the Chinese he-goats cost 300 to 600 sukur, equivalent to Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 8000 but as they now cost   800 to 1200 sukur in China, they will be expensive and rather than incurring loss, I have thought of buying local he-goats, said a trader Kunjok Lama. Another trader Chyaba Lama says this year Nepalese traders have not given advance amount to Chinese a month earlier, and there will be no Chinese goats in the district this year.    In the past, Mugali traders used to bring more than 50,000 Chinese he-goats and sell as far away as Jumla, Bajura, Kalikot, Dolpa, Manang, Mustang, Baglung, Myagdi and Kaski. Absence of Chinese sheep will increase price of local sheep, says a sheep trader Ratan Badhuwal of Ruga- 8, Bam.