Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Eid ul Azha Economic Activity in Pakistan Estimated at $3.5 billion in 2016

Pakistanis are spending about $3.5 billion on Eid ul Azha this year, according to analysts. This includes $2.8 billion worth of livestock and another $700 million on clothes,  shoes, jewelry and various services. This amount represent a huge transfer of wealth from urban to rural population in the country.

Animal Sacrifice:

Eid al Adha commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his most beloved son Ismail (Ismael) when asked to do so by God. It follows Hajj, the annual pilgrimage of Mecca by Muslims from around the world each year. Muslims believe that God had angels remove Ismael from under the knife of blindfolded Abraham and had him replaced by a lamb.

Economic Activity: 

The commemoration includes sacrifice of cows, goats, lambs and camels on Eid al Azha. This year, the media reports indicate that 4 million goats, 2.7 million cows, 800,000 lambs and 30,000 camels are being slaughtered in Pakistan on the occasion.

Using a conservative average price of $600 per cow, $200 per goat or lamb and $800 per camel, the total cost of animals adds up to $2.8 billion. Various services offered by, transporters, butchers and slaughter houses are in addition to this amount.

Apparel Purchases:

The Eid celebration includes buying and wearing new clothes and shoes as well as women's jewelry and other accessories that add up to another $700 million spent in Pakistan.


Animal hides and significant amounts of meat are donated to various charities and the poor on Eid. Charities like Edhi Foundation are big beneficiaries of this largesse.

Rural Economy:

Rural residents who raise animals for sale on Eid bring in billions of dollars into the rural economy. These inflows help provide livelihoods and alleviate rural poverty.


Eid al Azha this year represents a $3.5 billion worth of economic activity that is generating jobs and helping the charities and the rural residents of the country.

Related Links:

Haq's Musings

Pakistan Among Top Meat Consuming Nations

Livestock Revolution in Pakistan

Pakistan's Rural Economy

Strong Eid Sales in Pakistan

Happy Eid-ul-Azha: Good Hygiene and Humane Treatment of Animals

Ho Kya Raha Hai - Impact of Eid-Ul-Adha on Our Economy - 12th September 2016


Anonymous said...

A study by trade organizations puts the total value of Eid shopping this year at Rs 1000 billion (US $ 10 billion).

This trend coincides with a rise in the prices of clothes, shoes and fashion accessories. The prices have registered a 20 percent increase as compared to the previous year.

Economists attribute these trends to both traditional surge in prices and uptick in economic activity related to industrial, services, infrastructure development, domestic tourism, and growth of modern IT sectors. Only this week, Pakistan has found its way back into the category of emerging economies on the back of expanding GDP, robust performance of Karachi Stock Exchange, foreign remittances inflows, and macroeconomic stability.

Discussions with traders and entrepreneurs reveal that the trends bode well for the country, which has to pull large populations in far-off areas out of poverty.

In addition to conventional shopping like clothes, citizens are also purchasing new furniture and home appliances during the Eid season.

Except for high-end brands and the imported commodities, prices are generally stated to be slightly above last year’s level. But the children’s garments are expensive due to rising demand and traditional profiteering on part of sellers.


Abu_Talha said...

Yes things are positive & the economy is recovering, thanks to the army action & the CPEC project.

MRC said...

This is 3.5 billion spent by affording and goes into pockets of poor...cattle herders poor farmers...
Thats good..

This is one thing our surkhas will never understand...u have to make people work and pay them...a world where every one sits at home.. smokes hashish and unlimited sex on government handouts ...does not work

Majumdar said...

Bakkkis shud celebrate every day as Bakrid. USD 3.5 billion * 365, voila you have a trillion dollar economy.


ZB said...

جانوروں کی قربانی: سعودی عرب کے بعد پاکستان کا دوسرا نمبر
12/September/2016, 07:39 hamariweb

کراچی (صباح نیوز) مناسک حج کا اہم رکن قربانی کا فریضہ بھی ہے، اسلامی دنیا میں جانوروں کی قربانی میں سعودی عرب پہلے پاکستان دوسرے نمبر پر ہے۔ دنیا بھر کے آٹھ کروڑ سے زائد خاندان جانوروں کی قربانیاں کرتے ہیں۔ پاکستان میں ہر سال ایک کروڑ بائیس لاکھ افراد قربانی کا فریضہ انجام دیتے ہیں۔ ایک رپورٹ کے مطابق انڈونیشیا میں ایک کروڑ آٹھ لاکھ چالیس ہزار افراد قربانی کرتے ہیں۔ بات کی جائے بھارت کی وہاں ایک کروڑ سے زائد جبکہ بنگلہ دیش میں اسی لاکھ بہتر ہزار مسلمان قربانی کرتے ہیں۔ مصر میں 62 لاکھ 23 ہزار، ترکی میں 48 لاکھ 20 ہزار اور ایران میں 21 لاکھ گھرانے قربانی کرتے ہیں۔ افغانستان میں 2 لاکھ 10 ہزار خاندان، ازبکستان میں ایک لاکھ مسلمان گھرانے اور شام، کویت، ملائیشیا، تیونس اور یمن میں تقریباً ایک، ایک لاکھ خاندان جانوروں کی قربانیاں دیتے ہیں۔ قربانی

1 crore 22lakh people do qurbani on Eid in Pakistan

Riaz Haq said...

The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), while quoting some estimates, has said that Rs200 billion to Rs300 billion has flown from urban centres to rural areas of the country during the recent Eid festival, which will prove a boon to the farmers and backward regions.

“Some estimates suggest that around Rs200 to 300 billion has been shifted from urban centres to rural areas during Eidul Azha, of which 85% was spent on the purchase of sacrificial animals,” said FPCCI President Abdul Rauf Alam in a statement on Thursday – the third day of Eid.

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He pointed out that Eidul Azha generated great economic activity around the Muslim world and its ballooning size was a very positive indicator for Pakistan’s economy, particularly for the rural economy.

Cattle traders in Pakistan mostly come from rural areas to sell sacrificial animals in big and small cities after rearing cattle for months and even more than a year. “Rural residents, who raise animals for sale on Eid, bring billions of rupees to the rural economy and help alleviate poverty and unemployment,” he said.

“It (Eidul Azha) creates millions of temporary jobs, benefits the jobless, transporters, tanners, textile manufacturers, social and religious groups as well as others.”

It promotes the livestock sector which accounts for 58.5% of the agricultural sector and over 12% of the national economy.

“Crops are going down but the livestock sector is growing 3.6% per year; a little focus can help the country export a significant number of cattle to Saudi Arabia, which will give a boost to the rural economy and bring foreign exchange to the country,” Alam said.

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Saudi Arabia is a huge market for cattle as besides regular consumption in households, hotels, wedding ceremonies and other occasions, millions of animals are sacrificed during Hajj every year.

Pointing out that Pakistan had become world’s fourth largest milk producer, he lamented that lack of value addition was preventing the country from capitalising on livestock sector’s potential.

The FPCCI president was of the view that a large number of people were willing to spend more liberally on the purchase of animals and price movements had failed to deter them. Apart from this, the production of cattle is increasing in the country.