The price of chyangra goats whose meat is considered a delicacy, especially during Dashain, has gone up in Mustang due to the closure of the Nepal-China border.
According to locals, the price of goats that have been brought to Mustang district headquarters this year from Upper Mustang and Dolpa is around 25 percent over the quoted price in the past few years.
During the pre-corona days, around 25,000 chyangra goats were brought to Josmsom to be sent to different parts of the country for their meat. But now only 13,000 goats have come to Jomsom, locals say.
“We couldn’t bring goats from Tibet due to Covid-19,” says Lopsang Chhomphel Bista, chair of Lo-ghekar Damodar Kunda Rural Municipality. Bista says that around 7,000 goats came from his area, and 2,000 from Baragung Muktichhetra Rural Municipality. Likewise, around 3,000 goats came from Dolpa.
With the price hike, the price of chyangra goat meat is expected to go up in cities like Kathmandu.