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Enugu experiences hike in prices of livestock as elections end

Election materials. PHOTO: Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

Prices of livestock increased in Enugu State following high demand due to ceremonies shifted during the postponed general elections in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who conducted a market survey in Enugu on Wednesday reports that many ceremonies including burial and marriage rites were shifted due to change in election dates.

NAN recalls that the Presidential/National Assembly elections were shifted from Feb. 16 to Feb 23 while the Governorship/State Assembly elections were moved from March 2 to March 9, 2019.

The postponements affected a lot of social activities in and around the state.

NAN reports that a cow is sold for between N100, 000 and N280, 000 depending on the size as against N80,000 to N180, 000 sold shortly after the yuletide in January and February.

Goats are sold for between N12,000 and N35, 000 depending on the size as against N8,000 and N28,000 sold in February.

Mr Abdul Usam, a ram dealer said prices were high because of high demand due to the forthcoming Easter celebration and many others ceremonies fixed during the rescheduled elections.

Usam noted that people from the South East also held their ceremonies before the rainy season started.

He also attributed the increase in price to insecurity in the Northern part of the country which had affected the prices of livestock in the state.

According to him, I have been in livestock business for the past 20 years and observed that Igbo people prefer to fix ceremonies such as weddings, traditional marriages and funeral ceremonies among others from January to April.

“The essence of organising ceremonies at the dry season is to ensure that rains do not obstruct their events,’’ Usam said.

He noted that he did not joke with the season because he used to make a lot of sales.

Mr Amino Tarry, a cow dealer, said prices of cow were high because people were afraid of travelling to the North to buy livestock due to Boko Haram insurgency in the Northern region.

Tarry noted that the good thing with this season was that once you had goods you must sell because the demand was usually high at this period.

Mr Jude Egbe, a fowl dealer said that the prices increased due to the production could not meet the demands.

Egbe described fowl business as lucrative especially during weekends, because customers would be demanding for as many as 50 birds depending on the number of guests they were expecting in the ceremony.

Mrs Olivia Agbo, a customer, said that she bought some chickens at the rate of N2,200 and N2,500 depending on the size of the broiler.

“Before now, I use to buy broiler at the rate of N1,500 and N1,800 depending on the size.

“I believe that the cause of recent increment is due to high demand because of the forthcoming Easter celebration,’’ Agbo said.

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