Barely 24 Hours To Eid-el-Kabir: Ram Dealers Record Low Sales

Low sale of rams
Low sale of rams

With barely 24 hours to the Muslim festival of Eid-el-Kabir, many Islamic faithful may not be able to slaughter a ram as the prices of the animals in Lagos

Less than a day to the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, ram dealers are recording low patronage.

Checks made by The ELITES at most cattle markets, showed that prices had fallen by about 20 per cent, compared to the same period last year.

The low patronage had also pushed prices down, few hours to the Sallah festivities.

Eid-el-Kabir celebration is marked on the 10th day of Zul-Hajj; the 12th months of the Isalmic calendar during which Muslims faithful make animal sacrifices.

Investigation revealed that an average ram is sold for N40, 000, while a well-bred ram is sold at N150, 000.

Dealers at the markets attributed the situation to low purchasing power of buyers.

Alhaji Usman, a ram dealer, said that the market condition was not encouraging due to the low sales recorded in the last few days.

“We are not making good sales, as very few people are buying the animals at the market,” he said, adding that sales were low this year.

However, another trader expressed the hope that the market condition would improve before the Sallah festivity ends.

Malam Buba Audu, a resident, described the drop in prices as a “welcome development”, noting that, the situation would enable most families to slaughter rams and celebrate the season in a happy mood.

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