Hyderabad: Many mutton lovers in the city will be disappointed to know that their favourite dish now costs more than Rs. 700 per kg. The rates have gone up after Sankranthi. Earlier, one kg costed around Rs. 600-620.
Now, mutton with bone costs Rs. 700, while at some places the prices are even higher. Boneless mutton costs Rs. 900, mutton keema Rs. 900, mutton chaap Rs. 700, while only the bones cost Rs. 240 per kg.
The price varies in places like Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Ameerpet, Kukatpally, Secunderabad, LB Nagar, Khairatabad, Uppal, and Ramanthapur. On average, the prices vary from Rs. 640 to Rs. 700. In the past four months, the prices have gone up by Rs. 50-70 per kg. The decrease in imports has reportedly led to a price hike. One shouldn't be surprised if the prices touch Rs. 1,000 per kg.
With the rise in prices, there has been a huge decline in the number of people purchasing mutton. Sellers said that the average consumption has fallen with the hike in prices. Before the price was hiked, they were selling around 125-150 kgs of mutton, whereas now they sell only around 80-90 kgs. The sellers themselves are buying the meat for Rs. 600 per kg. A buyer who once used to purchase one kg of meat is now purchasing 500 grams, they said.