Kalingalinga chicken traders feel crunch

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LUCY PHIRI writes

@SunZambian

A 45-YEAR-OLD woman of Kalingalinga Township in LUSAKA has complained that the business of buying and selling chickens is slow.

Elijabeth Mukuta said the business was becoming hard because people were always complaining about the economy, especially towards the month-end as civil servants get their salaries.

“I used to make a lot of profit the last two years because my business was going on so well. I would order one chicken at K35 and sell it at K45 without any challenges and people could buy.

“But today it’s a different thing. People complain when buying that the price should be K40, others K37, and there is nothing we can do. At the end of the day we all want some money,” Ms Mukuta said.

She said she had been doing the business for more than 10 years now and that in the past she was doing fine.

“I was the one supporting the family and doing some other up keeps,” Ms Mukuta said.

She said even farmers had now hiked the prices of the chickens alleging that they also used fuel to order chicks and also had to pass through tollgates and pay something.

“My children are all in school and I am able to support them despite the business being slow. I am just appealing to the government to reduce fuel price, maybe the farmers might also reduce so that we get back to our normal business,” Ms Mukuta said.

She, therefore, urged women who just sit at home waiting for their spouses to provide that they should at least engage in some business despite the tough economy.

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