Prices of rams have jerked up in some markets in the Federal Capital Territory in spite of low patronage few days to the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. A check at the livestock market in Kuje, Abaji, and Kwali showed that in spite of the availability of all sizes of rams, there were very few buyers.
Several rams were seeing being dragged about in the market by hawkers, who were also seeking potential buyers despite the high cost. Malam Sani Gada, a livestock dealer at Gudaba in Kuje Area Council told NAN that business was not moving as expected.
“People are complaining that there is no money and they have so many responsibilities to take care of. “Some people prefer to buy broiler chickens, layers and beef because they said they have no money to purchase ram,” Gada said.
unfriendly government policies which have hampered the growth of small and medium enterprises.
Malam Kura Baba, at Kwali Market, attributed the high cost of rams to cost of livestock rearing, bad roads and the high cost of transporting the animals to market.
He, however, said that though he had recorded low sales compared to last year, he would not increase the prices “because people were complaining that no money.”
“Bad roads, cost of rearing rams and the high cost of transportation are affecting the business.