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Eid-el-Kabir: FCT livestock sellers decry low patronage

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) livestock sellers lament low patronage as the Eid-el-Kabir approaches, attributing it to the economic hardship in the country.

Some of the livestock sellers who spoke in separate interviews with Nigeria News Agency at different livestock markets on Friday in Abuja said the present economic situation in the country was not allowing buyers patronise them like in the past.

Mallam Shehu Abubakar, the Chairman of Deidei market, said sales of cattle this season had not been encouraging.

He said the low patronage experienced by sellers might be attributed to paying the salaries of civil servants too early as many people were already low on cash, coupled with general low purchasing power.

He said that he brought over 1,000 cattle from different states such as Kano, Maiduguri, Kebbi, Brono and Bauchi among others.

“The prices of the ram range from N20,000 to N150, 000, goats goes for between N8,000 and N35,000 and cows goes for N45,000 to N400,000 depending the sizes and what an individual can afford.

“I do not know what to say concerning business this time because so far I cannot tell you that market is good, people are not buying the way I expect them to.

“And if they do not buy, it means we sellers will run at loss due to the expenses of bringing the cattle to the FCT,’’ Abubakar said.

Mallam Idris Yamuna, another cattle seller at the Duste market decried the poor turnout of buyers and attributed it to lack of resources.

He described the situation as not encouraging, saying, “ I am not happy coming this far from Kano and thinking the market will be good here but what am seeing is heartbreaking.’’

“I spent a lot of money to bring these rams down to Abuja and since I came like four days ago, I have not sold up to 50 rams unlike in 2018 that the market was good,’’ Yamuna said.

Mr Yahya Danfulani, a livestock seller at Kubwa expressway attributed the lack of patronage to the fact that most people were traveling out of the city to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir  with their loved ones.

“A lot of Muslims will travel out of Abuja to their various states to celebrate with their families and friends.’’

Danfulani however appealed to Muslim faithful in the city to come out and patronise them.

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