Eid-El-Kabir: People abandon Katsina ram markets due to high prices

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In Katsina state, most ram markets have been deserted few hours before the Eid-el-Kabir celebration. This is due to the exorbitant prices of livestock.

Channels Television spoke with ram sellers and buyers in Katsina and many of them lamented over the price increase. Sellers said business is at low ebb compared to last year’s celebration.

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At Yarkutungu ram market, 65-year-old Aliyu Matazu appealed to Government to ease the agony of Muslims during the Sallah celebration through payment of salary advance.

“In Katsina, most people depend on Government for a living. I initially wanted to buy two rams but I cannot afford them. I have to go a little bit lower. I cannot afford to buy the one I intended to buy. Although it’s late now, it’s not out of place to appeal to Government to intervene next year,” Matazu said.

Ram sellers at Yanturaku livestock market in the state capital also decried low patronage and low turnout of customers throughout the week.

One of the sellers, Mas’udu Gafai said he sold barely two rams in a day. According to him, the rise in the price is not only limited to rams but other food items.

The high price is against the backdrop of the current inflation, which has affected the prices of commodities.

Some buyers attribute the increase in price to seasonal price fluctuation and insecurity situation in the country.

Also, Daura Emirate Councils have announced the cancellation of the 2021 Eid-El Kabir Durbar Festival to contain the spread of the virus.

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