Few days to the 2019 Eid-el-Kabir festival, transactions in some major markets in Warri, Delta state were at a low ebb.
According to a survey conducted, there was a decline in sales in Igbudu, Okere and Main markets all in Warri South and Jugbale Market in Udu Local Government of Delta.
Ram sellers at Igbudu Market also complained about low patronage.
A Ram Seller, Malam Mekudi Ismaila, said the price range of the rams was N35, 000 to N120, 000, depending on their sizes.
’’The prices of rams are cheaper this year than last year. This year, rams are sold between N35, 000 and N120,000 as against N50,0000 and N160,000 in 2018.
’’I have only sold two rams in the last three days. Maybe because Warri is not a Muslim community,’’ Ismaila said.
Malam Sani Abu said it costs N1, 000 to convey a goat and N1, 500 to transport a ram from the North to Warri.
Malam Kasimu Haruna, Secretary, Onions Sellers Association, Safe Palace Unit, Igbudu market, said customers were not buying as expected.
According to him, a big sack of Onions was sold N15, 000, medium, N8, 000 and small bag at the rate of N5, 000.
He said that the produce (onions) was surplus, saying that farmers were harvesting new ones.
“Customers are complaining about lack of money.’’ Haruna said.
Malam Dauda Mumuni, Chairman, Fowl Sellers Association, Main Market, Warri, said the price of fowl ranged between N1, 500 and N5, 000, saying that sales were low.
“Beside, a sack of fowl feeds has increased from N3, 000 to N4, 000 and we have to buy because the fowls must feed,’’ he added.
Mr John Joshua, member, Tomatoes Sellers Association, Okere Market unit, said the price of tomatoes had been relatively stable, attributing the development to the availability of the produce.
Joshua who applauded the Federal Government’s policy intervention in agricultural sector, however, expressed the hope that the price of tomatoes and sales would improve before the Sallah day.
“The sales are low. A basket of tomatoes ranges from N4, 000 to N7,000, depending on the size but I believe the price will increase as we are moving closer to the Sallah.
‘’I want to plead with the government to sustain the availability of fertiliser and other farm incentives to farmers to boost the yield,’’ he said.