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There is a huge spurt in price of roost­ers — from

`5,000 to `1 lakh — on the eve of Sankranti, which be­gins on Mon­day.

Ear­lier, there was a dip in prices fol­low­ing a cam­paign against cock­fights. Some even be­lieved they may not be al­lowed to hold the event this sea­son given the court di­rec­tive and po­lice and rev­enue vigil.

But as the day ap­proaches, or­gan­is­ers are be­com­ing bolder and buy­ing the birds at fairly high prices.

At the sandy mar­ket in Bhi­mavaram in West Go­davari, roost­ers were sell­ing at any­thing from

`5,000 to `25,000. Prize birds are also sold at Tal­larevu, Mum­midi­varam, Mu­ra­malla, Ayi­nav­illi and other places in East Go­davari and Akiveedu and other places in West Go­davari.

Ac­cord­ing to in­dus­tri­al­ist K. Raghu­rama Kr­ish­nam Raju, the Asil breed costs from `70,000 to `1 lakh. The birds are spe­cially reared for Sankranti and spe­cial breeds are care­fully se­lected for the pur­pose. Ac­cord­ing to sell­ers, there are as many as 12 breeds, with names like Dega, Kaki, Pe­sangi or Pathangi, Asil and more. They are fed nu­tri­ent food like cashew nut, nuts, al­monds, non-veg dishes and also spe­cial food rec­om­mended by ve­teri­nar­i­ans.

The cho­sen birds are bathed twice a day and spe­cially trained in swim­ming and fly­ing for the fight ahead. Sources said these roost­ers are very tasty be­cause of what they are fed. Also, win­ner birds fetch a high price in the mar­ket.

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