Jumping Chicken (Frog Meat): The New Delicacy Enjoyed By Many

- Published: 02 November 2016
Jumping Chicken (Frog Meat): The New Delicacy Enjoyed By Many

A new delicacy may have hopped on to the Nigerian menu as traders from across the country are queuing up to buy frogs at Dorawa Salau Kadawa, a village in Garun Mallam Local Government Area of Kano State.

According to a report by Premium Times, people from different parts of Nigeria visit the market to purchase frogs in large quantities to take back home.

The buyers have even erected camps at the village and and their activities have had a positive effect on the village's economy.

However, some of the patrons spoken to said the trade in frogs is not a new line of business. One Sadikatu Ajiboye said she has been in the business for 15 years. 

According to her, she was bringing kolanut up north to Kano, until she realized that frog meat had a greater turnover in the south than any other article of trade she was taking back.

Ajiboye, 56, said the trade in frogs earns her huge returns on a weekly basis. She said a small carton of the reptile fetched as much as N5000, with a piece sold at N200. 

She distributes the delicacy across states in the South-west, South-east and South-south, adding that people even paid upfront for the frogs. 

On his part, one Solomon Nwafor from Abia State said he is a hunter of frogs in the village in Kano. Nwafor said he wakes up as early as possible in the morning to hunt, and sometimes late in the evening too.

Nwafor said he makes an average of N20,000 weekly in sales of the frogs. He also spoke about the relationship between the frog marketers and the villagers. 

He said: "Because of the understanding that exists between us, we the frog marketers and our Hausa (hosts), our business has kept growing by the day with more people coming to purchase. Some (patrons) even export to Asia."

Frogs have become an amazingly popular food item around the world. Each year about US$40 million worth of frog legs are traded internationally, with most countries in the world participating in this trade.

The world's top importers of frogs legs are France, Belgium and the United States, while the biggest international exporters are Indonesia and China. While these figures do not account for domestic consumption, when production from frog farms is taken into account, it is conservatively estimated that humans consume up to 3.2 billion frogs for food around the world every year.