Residents of Enugu, Enugu State, have decried the high cost of live chickens as they prepare to celebrate this year’s Christmas.
They bared their minds in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Enugu.
NAN reports that prices of chickens ranged between N5,000 and N15,000 depending on the sizes and weight.
Also, a live Turkey sells for between N25,000 and N30,000.
A resident in Enugu, Anastasia Nwobodo, said she came to Garki Market to buy chicken of N4,000 but was surprised that she could not find any.
“I and my husband agreed to buy a small chicken to celebrate Christmas but to my greatest surprise, there was not a chicken for N4000, no matter how small.
“I decided to buy pork to celebrate anyhow, at least for the sake of our children,” she said.
Another resident, Erasmus Nwadike, also lamented the high of cost of the birds in the market, saying he expected the increase.
“I knew that it is not going to be easy due to several factors including increase in petrol price and high cost of feeds but not as much it is today.
“Things are just too expensive, imagine that I bought a chicken for N10,000; something that ordinarily would have just cost N4000 highest.
“It appears things are just being made worse in Nigeria every day. I don’t know where we are headed,” he said.
Mr Nwadike, who is a senior civil servant, said he was worried about what would become of Nigeria if things continued this way.
“Are we really going to survive it, let’s see,” he said.
For Esther Nnolim, chicken has become a no-go area this season
Mrs Nnolim said she had decided to celebrate in a low-key manner this year.
“I have decided to celebrate low this year because, after Christmas celebration comes school fees.
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“I cannot afford to buy chicken N10,000 because, as a family of seven, it cannot take us far. And by January you start talking of school fees,” she said.
A poultry farmer, Innocent Nnam, blamed the high cost of chicken this year on factors such as cost of feeds, cost of transportation and high cost of things generally.
“Last year by this time, the costliest of my birds was between N7000 and N8000 but the general cost of bringing birds into the market is very much higher now, such that, we are just trying to make ends meet,” he said.
NAN reports that, a size of Turkey that was sold for N10,000 last year is sold around N30,000 this year.
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