By Abubakar S. H
Two days to Sallah festival, Rams sellers in Lokoja, Kogi State have raised alarm over the low patronage as customers complain of hike in price.
Nigerian Trend gathered that despite the fact that customers are coming to price but not buying because of the high price.
Our visit to Banda Ram market in Lokoja, the state headquarters indicates that the rate of buying and selling was very low compared to previous years.
One of the seller, Shuiabu Musa told Nigerian Trend that there is a very low sales since a week now, saying the economic situation in the state and country contributed to the problems.
He listed other factors including, high cost of animal feeds as well as high rate of inflation, which he said affected not only animals but also all marketable items.
We find out that the smallest ram cost N 60,000 and the medium is 88,000 while the biggest ram is sold for 300,000.
Another ram seller in the state, Malam Isa Yakubu , also said the ram sold for 30,000 last year was increased to 60,000, the medium which cost 45,000 before now cost 88,000 while the biggest for 120,000 now sold for 300,000.
He said the business is no longer lucrative and has pushed many sellers out of business due to the high cost of transportation, feeds and overspending at roadblocks.