Minna – Less than a week to the Eid-el Kabir celebration, traders in ram markets in Niger are complaining of low patronage.
Investigation reveals that the low patronage was caused by the failure of workers in the state to receive their October salaries.
The buyers trickled to the ram markets to make purchases for the Ed el-Kabir celebration.
Meanwhile, a big ram that sold for N60,000 a week ago is now sold for N90,000, while the medium-sized ram is now sold for N50,000 as against the N40,000 it sold a week ago.
NAN reports that the small-sized rams is going for N15,000 as against N10,000 a week ago.
A ram trader, Alhaji Mohammadu Dansada, at Gwari Market said that “the price of ram shot up because of the money used in keeping them healthy, as Veterinary Doctor were invited to vaccinate them regularly.
“To feed one ram cost about N200 per day, as a measure of their feed cost between N50 and N100 and the price of a bag of their feed ranges from N1,500, to N2,500,” Dansada said.
Also speaking, a buyer, Mr Jimoh Yusuf, attributed the high cost of rams to the new national minimum wage.
Yusuf said, “Sellers believe that workers salaries have been increased and so decided to hike the prices of their rams.
Another dealer, Malam Sani Sanusi, said that because government had not paid salaries, people were not buying rams for Sallah.
He said that as soon as workers were paid, the number of buyers would increase.
Also speaking, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, told NAN that he borrowed money to buy ram for N25,000 because he anticipated the rams would cost more, as Sallah moved closer.
“If I wait for the salary to be paid, then the rams will definitely cost more,” he said. (NAN)