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Livestock prices increase as festivities beckon

As the December holidays preparations kick in, there was marked rise in livestock prices in Tseikuru market, Mwingi North Sub County, Kitui County.
The main livestock market in Kasarani estate, Tseikuru town. |FILE

A large-sized goat cost KSh15000 on Thursday November 15. In September, the same sized animal was costing KSh13000.

A medium-sized male and female goat cost KSh9000. This is a rise of KSh1500 compared to a month ago.

The smallest goat locally called Mbaika retailed at KSh5000 in Kamanga river open air market.  Usually, prices of villages are higher than the main market in Tseikuru town. This is due to brokers fleecing farmers' earnings.

A big bull went for at least KSh70000 while a medium-sized one for ploughing during the rainy season cost at least KSh30000. 

A small-sized cow (Kamoli) had an increased price of close to KSh3000 since it can only be bought with at least KSh20000. Three months ago, it was less than KSh 18000, said Mr Pius Mutemi, a livestock trader.

There were no significant changes in prices of donkeys since a male one cost KSh6000 while a female one was KSh7000.


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