Katsina —Livestock traders in Malumfashi and Kafur markets in Katsina State have complained of low patronage ahead of the Eid-Fitr celebration.
A cross section of the traders who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Katsina, attributed the situation to the current security challenges in the country.
One of the traders in Kafur, Malam Umar Lawal, told NAN that traders coming to buy animals in bulk from Kafur, Malumfashi and Dayi this season had reduced compared to previous periods.
Lawal noted that currently, most of the animals were being returned unsold.
He observed that cases of cow rustling and armed robbery had also affected the market situation, leading to the drop in the prices of both small and big animals.
According to him, a cow worth N100,000 is currently selling for between N85,000 and N90,000 while a sheep of N25,000 is being sold for N20,000 or lower.
Another livestock seller in Malumfashi, Alhaji Ya’u Kara, expressed optimism that the dwindling market situation might improve when workers collected their salaries.
Kara urged transporters to lower the transportation fares in view of the availability of petroleum products.
Also commenting, the Chairman, Livestock Traders Union in Kafur, Alhaji Alhassan Umar, said the poor turnout of traders from distant places had hindered animal business.
Umar observed that traders from Rivers, Edo, Lagos, Anambra and Abuja, among other areas often patronise the market.
He, however, said at present, only a few show during the weekly market days, adding that their absence had lowered the prices of animals.
The chairman urged the government to expand the spaces allocated to livestock business in the markets in recognition of the revenue generated in livestock transaction.
A poultry farmer, Malam Mizanmilu Salisu, also said that the sale of eggs and chicken had also dropped but did not provide the statistics.