…broilers cost between N7k to N10k
Due to the economic downturn in Nigeria, the prices of foodstuffs hit rooftop as adult chicken costs a whooping N20,000.00 barely 24hours to Christmas.
TheNewsGuru.com, (TNG) in an on the spot assessment survey of cost of poultry meat discovered that buying chicken for this year’s yuletide is an exclusive for the rich.
In the survey covering Gwarimpa, Dede, Kubwa, Dutse and Kagini the prices of poultry meat was alarming.
An adult Brahma chicken in Gwarimpa market costs as much as N20,000.00 while the popular broiler goes for between N7500 and N14,000.00 while old layers are sold for between N5500 to N6500.
One of the traders who spoke to TNG in Kubwa Village market, Mr Abu Adiga attributed the high cost of chicken to the cost of feeds which has made poultry farmers to increase the cost of chicken.
He said” outside the cost of poultry feeds, insecurity too contributed alot as most farmers can’t easily access their farms without selling bandits.
“All these factors and cost of transportation affected our market oga.
TNG recalls that the poultry farmers earlier in the year raise an alarm that poultry feeds are becoming too expensive for them to run at a profit.
In March the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) had said that the high cost of feeds is forcing its members out of job.
The association lamented that the rising cost of consumables was dwindling their profit and making many farmers to quit the business.
The Secretary of the Plateau chapter of PAN, Mrs Nanji Gambo, revealed this lamenting the situation.
Gambo said that PAN had noticed a decline in its membership as a result of the high cost of feeds in recent times as they are operating at loss.
She lamented that they are barely breaking even because of the exorbitant cost of feeds.
“These farmers could not bear the high cost of feed and so they crashed out of their businesses,” said Gambo.
She said that the association had formed several platforms to talk with farmers to encourage them to wait patiently for government intervention.
This year’s yuletide definitely is for the rich to celebrate as the cost of chicken which is the meat for the season is beyond the common man.