Kaduna - High cost of rams is scaring customers in Kaduna as Muslims prepare for this year’s Ed-el-Kabir festival, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
A check at the Zango, Sardauna road and Tudun Wada markets in the city shows only a few customers attempting to make purchases.
Some of the customers said the prices were too high compared to last year.
NAN reports that the prices ranged between N25 000 and N95 000 this year as against N20 000 to N85 000 during the same period last year in all the markets visited.
A customer, Mohammed Abdulkadir, who was met haggling over the price of a medium sized ram at Tudun Wada market, lamented over the high price, but hoped that the cost would crash before the commencement of the celebration.
Another customer at Zango market, Ismail Sulaiman said he was unable to buy any ram due to the high price and would wait until after the Eid prayers on Tuesday before buying.
Sani Manchi, a ram seller at Sardauna road market, blamed the rise in prices on the high cost of breeding livestock, rise in transport cost and the general economic hardship in the country.
He said those breeding the rams also wanted to break even in order to get money to take care of other problems.
Another ram dealer at Zango market, Kabiru Kailani, said: "We are not making much profit because of the cost of transporting the animals.
"We also have to tend to the rams, feed and vaccinate them while waiting for customers.''
NAN reports that apart from the conventional markets, temporary ram markets have sprouted up on virtually all the major streets of Kaduna.
There were also vendors who drive group of rams round the city in search of customers.