Less than three days to the Eid-el-Kabir festivities, livestock dealers in Adamawa have decried low patronage amid unprecedented hike in prices.
A cross section of the dealers, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria , in separate interviews in Jimeta and Yola markets, described the market condition as discouraging.
Ladan Mohammed, a ram dealer at Yola market, said the was recording low sales as against the high patronage during the previous festive season.
Mohammed attributed the situation to the effect of coronavirus pandemic and increased in the supply of animals to the market.
“There is significant increase in ram prices due to high cost animals feeds,” he said.
Another dealer, Musa Bala, said he was spending much on feeding the animals causing a heavy drain in his pockets.
Bala noted that they keep the animals for a longer period of time due low of patronage, adding that the trend exposed them to losses.
He, however, expressed the hope that the market condition would improve in the next coming days as the workers got their salaries.
“A medium size bag of weed sold at N2, 500 as against it’s old price of N1,000 during the previous festive season.
“Prices are slightly up to cover for the expenses on animal feeds,” he said.
Sadi Haske, another dealer, who corroborated earlier opinion, added that prices shot up in the past few weeks due to the high cost of transportation occasioned by the COVID-19 lockdowns.
A NAN check at the markets showed that cattle prices had shot up by about 25 per cent in the past few days.
A medium size bull sold at N250,000 and small size cow costs N125,000 as against N220,000 and N100,000, it sold within the same period last year.
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