One of Islam’s biggest celebration is a few days away.

The festival provides ample opportunity for cattle sellers to make more sales as most Muslim families would need a ram or two to celebrate.

But it appears the tough economic condition appears to have knocked cattle out of the priority list of most household, and the cattle dealers are lamenting.  

Some of the cattle dealers in Kano who had stocked domestic animals such as goats, rams and cows for sale ahead of Sallah, are now decrying low patronage.

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Some of them who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Kano‎ lamented that their hopes for brisk business had been dashed because of the poor state of the nation’s economy.

Malam Ali Sani, a dealer at Yan-awaki‎ market in Kumbotso Local Government Area, said they had been forced by the situation to be selling some of the rams on credit due to slow pace of business.

Another livestock seller, Haladu Yusuf in Gama cattle market of Nasarawa Local Government area in Kano, lamented the situation and attributed the development to non-payment of salaries by many employers, resulting in low purchasing power of potential customers

He said although similar development was experienced the previous years, that of 2018 is the worst.

Another livestock dealer in Tarauni cattle market, Malam Sani Ali, also said business was not moving as expected as biggest ram cost about 110, 000 naira while the smallest was 30, 000 naira.

Ali however said that despite the low patronage, prices of the animals had increased by an average of 40 to 80% compared with what obtained last year.

He added that the same size of ram, which now sells for 100,000 naira, was sold for about 70,000-naira last year.

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