As the Eid-el-Kabir festival approaches, the livestock sellers in Sokoto state, Northern Nigeria have expressed dismay over the low patronage across markets in the state.
A survey by Voice of Nigeria in various markets in the state revealed that the market is filled with rams, cows and camels of different sizes.
The Chairman of Ram Sellers Association in Sokoto state, Mr Isa Bello, said that the supply of rams was high but the demand was low presently.
“We are expecting more buyers to come to the market but presently as you can see the number of people patronising the market is not encouraging.
“Moreover, the price of livestock increase is small compared to that of last year which ram sold between N 30,000 to N 110,000 and presently we sells between N 35,000 to N 120,000 of the same size.
“This lower increase come as a result of adequate and cheaper price of livestock food which sold at about N 5,000 per bag last year and now sells between N 2,500 to N 3,000,” the Chairman said.
Mr Bello further called on people in the state to always be caution of people to buy there livestock from in order to avoid been victimised by buying stolen Animals from bad eggs.
Also speaking during the survey the state Vice Chairman Cow Sellers Association, Malam Anas Muhammad, said that cows sells between N100,000 to N250,000 this season compared to N 90,000 and N 110,000 of last year.
He regretted the approaching Eid-el-Kabir festival without patronage in the market, saying such could result to high lost in the livestock sellers.
A prospective buyer, Alhaji Bello Mode Gagi, also complained that the price were too high compared to that of last year.
Mr Gagi said that rams of the same size were being sold last year for between N25,000 to N80,000 compare to this season price of between N35,00 to N120,000.
It was observed that all civil servants in the state had already received their July salaries since last week, but it was not enough for them to cater for some basic needs due high cost of living.