29th October, 2013
Sellers of day-old chicks in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna are recording high patronage as breeders buy the chicks ahead of the the Christmas.
According to NAN, poultry farmers and individuals were seen on Monday queuing to buy the chicks at the popular Station market in Kaduna.
The increased demand according to the sellers was due to the coming Christmas festivity, as breeders buy to raise the chicks for sale during the Christmas.
A day-old broiler which was sold at N160 now goes for N250 and in spite of the price hike, more people were seeing making purchases.
Mr Daniel Bindas of Diamond Farms attributed the rise in price to “increasing demnads for the chicks”.
According to him, a minimum of 40 to 50 cartons of broiler chicks is sold to customers daily by the farm.
“A carton cost N12,500 and it contains 50 birds sold at N250 each,” he said.
Bindas said he got his supply from distributors in Kwara State, adding that discount was usually given to customers based on the quantity purchased.
“Some people come to buy 10, 20, or less to rear on their own and it only happens during the Christmas period,” he said.
A civil servant, Mrs Charity Garba said, ”by Christmas chickens would be expensive costing from N1,500 to N3,000 and that is why I rear them myself to save money”.
Mrs Linda Mani, a poultry farmer also said the rush was in anticipation of Christmas festivity, adding, “some of us are now restocking for the Christmas and new year sales”.
Dr Jimmy Kato a veterinarian, advised the poultry farmers not to expose the chicks to too much cold because of their fragility.