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Why goats give best returns in Tseikuru market

There was no significant change in prices of goats in Tseikuru market on Thursday. But in general, chicken continued to fetch high amount of shillings with a large cockerel going for over KSh1,000 in informal markets located outside Tseikuru main market.
Goat traders at Kwa Kamanga river open market on Thursday August 17, 2023.|MWINGI TIMES 

A trader identified as Mr Mutuku told MWINGI TIMES that a medium sized hen was retailing for KSh700 while small ones ranged from KSh150 to 250. These are usually bought by traders who practice large scale chicken farming to go and rear then return to market a few months later for better sales.

A recently weaned goat [Kavalika] was retaining at KSh 3500.  This was the same price on average a month ago.  

In July, a billy was asked for KSh13,000 in Tseikuru. A midsized one could fetch from KSh 7,000 to 10,000. This has not changed much today.  There were no indicators of prices falling.

Small and medium enterprise farmers largely avoided the main market in Tseikuru. When asked by MWINGI TIMES for reasons for that, they said that their customers meet them on the way at Kamanga river or Kalimbui road junction among other strategic spots.

Usually, livestock brokers are infamous for lowering the prices of livestock in the Kasarani market, Tseikuru. When this happens, some traders return their animals home or go to sell in other markets.

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  1. This region used to be called Mbuku. There was a big tree there where Mawa traders came to kwithusya. When you get twisted(kumilwa) you would lay on the sand Mbuku. Happy now it has changed into a livestock market

  2. Fair prices for goats and Nzamba. That fluctuation sometimes disadvantages the seller.


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