Sokoto - Barely two weeks to the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir festival, the prices of ram have increased by between 40 to 50 per cent in Sokoto.
A market survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday at the Central livestock market in Sokoto showed that there was scarcity of ram.
Alhaji Lawalli Bello, the Chairman, Livestock Traders Association in the market, told NAN that the prices of ram ranged between N20 000 to N100 000 depending on the size and purchasing power of the buyer.
He said that ram which sold for N20 000 last year is now being sold N30 000 surrently.
He attributed the reason for increase in the cost of the sacrificial animal to low importation from the neighbouring Niger republic.
"Importation of livestock from Niger contributes to reducing their prices in Nigeria and this is not happening as expected this year," he said.
A cross section of the residents of Sokoto expressed fears that they may not be able buy rams to celebrate Sallah due to the harsh economic situation in the country.