As it remains two days to Eidel -Kabir Sallah celebration , prices of rams and other animals like cows that are usually slaughtered by Muslims during the period have crashed compared to last year.
A visit to some of the popular livestock markets in Kebbi State indicated that apart from the falling prices in rams and cows , the sellers of the animals decry low patronage from buyers this year which they attributed to the current economic recession facing Nigeria.
Abdullahi Mairago who is the Chairman of Rams Sellers Association in Birnin Kebbi , the Kebbi State capital said prices of rams have crashed down compared to last year and their markets suffer poor patronage from buyers in the state.
” Prices of rams this year have gone down compared to last year. Now you can get a ram of 20, 000 which used to cost 25,000 last year , that of 40, 000 last year is now 35,000. In some markets you can now get rams from 17, 000 , 20, 000, 25,000 etc”
He also complained about poor turn out to market from buyers.
In Bunza local government area of Kebbi State which has a popular livestock market where people from different places come to patronise ,the story is the same. Abu Dan Julde is a cow seller, he said prices of cows have gone down as well ” unlike last year , the prices of our animals are down , a cow that we used to sell at 150,000, 170,000 is now sold between 120 , 000 to 130, 000 “.
The story is equally the same in Argungu , Yauri , Bagudo and other local government areas of the state. A customer Abdullahi Tsoho who spoke to Leadership Weekend attributed the situation to the current economic crunch in the country.
” Many people now don’t have the means to buy rams and for those that have , prefer to buy food than rams to our family. I have never experience such a terrible situation in my life before “, he lament