The yearly Eid-el-kabir is less than three days away. But Rams are available, there are few buyers. From reports, the prices of rams have gone up‎ as sellers groan under low patronage in Minna; Kaduna; Abuja; Ogbomoso; and Lagos.

Regardless of the harsh economy and the reduction in the flow of money in the country, the ram which is essential in the celebration of Sallah.

For Muslims who purchase their rams before Salah, the right feed for them include mixture of Kowa, Guza, wheat brown to give them a chubby look, for rams refusing to eat, little quantity of salt is added to their feed to help them eat and grow well. 50kg can be purchased for N1000, 100kg is N2000 respectively. Some Muslims feel it is of advantage to leave the buying till later when they believe the price will be reduced.

A survey conducted at the Turaku Ram Market reveals a significant rise in the price of various sizes‎ of the animal compared to last year.

A spokesman for the ram sellers, Alhaji Mohammed Garkuwa, told NAN that small, medium and big rams now sell at higher prices when compared to last year.

“The small, average and big rams this year are selling at N30, 000, N50, 000 and N150, 000 as against N17,000, N35, 000 and N80, 000 respectively in 2015.

“‎The high prices this year can be attributed to the increased cost of transporting these rams from Niger Republic where we buy them,” he said.

One of the ram sellers, Malam Bala Sani, revealed that customers were only coming to negotiate prices without buying‎ them.

“People have been coming but most of them only bargain without buying. ‎People are crying that there is no money.

“But they must understand that we didn’t buy them cheap, ‎ so there is nothing we can do really but pray things improve in the coming days,” he added.

Another seller, who identified himself as Nura Garba, said that unlike in 2015 where an individual could come and buy between 10 and 20 rams‎, none had done such this year.

In Ogbomoso, ram sellers across the markets, have expressed regrets about the low patronage by potential buyers who complained about high price tags placed on the animals.

Many notable ram selling points which include Kara, Oja-Igbo, Arada markets in the ancient city were deserted.

Also, ram sellers in Kaduna State expressed regrets about the low sale they had recorded, barely a week to the Eid-el-Kabir festival.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, many ram selling points which include Zango, Bachama road and Rigasa markets in the Kaduna metropolis have many rams that remain unsold for days.

A ram dealer, Baballe Yaro, also labelled the current economic recession as the main factor responsible for the low sales recorded so far.

Yaro said, “The current economic meltdown has now become a threat not only to ram sellers but also to the entire business activities in Nigeria. The Federal Government should do something urgently to address the suffering of the masses.

 “Although people want to buy rams for the festival, they cannot afford to due to the prevailing economic situation in the country.’’

Yaro said the price might eventually crash as many traders would not want to return with the animals.

He said some of the traders bought the rams from the Niger Republic, Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina states.

“But there is hope since we have one week before the celebration if all civil servants will have their salaries before Sallah,” Yaro added.

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