Lahore, July 16, 2020 (PPI-OT): Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry has proposed to setup “Online Market of Cattle and Animals” on this Eid ul Adha to avoid huge physical gatherings of people in the prevailing pandemic of Covid-19. Mr. Zark Khan, President, Mr. Moazzam Ghurki, Senior Vice President and Mr. Salahuddin Hanif, Secretary General along with other members while exchanging views on continuing trade and industry under SOPs set by the WHO, termed the trade of sacrificing animals a big threat of expanding the Pandemic.
President PCJCCI Mr. Zarak Khan said the government and private sector are making efforts to promote digital technology for business under the crucial days of Corona Pandemic. We should learn from the dangerous situation that occurred at Eid ul Fitre due to public rush in softened lock down that worsened the condition of Covid-19, he said and urged that we should be more meticulous while taking precautionary measure for Eid ul Adha. He emphasized that the government should consider virtual world for Buying and Selling of cattle for avoiding direct physical or social contact between the people. He informed that every year Pakistanis are projected to spend Rs150 billion on Eid ul Azha, for sacrificing an estimated 2.5 million cows, bulls and buffaloes – with each animal having an average price tag of Rs 60,000.
Mr. Moazzam Ghurki, Senior Vice President said, we are currently suffering from a global pandemic, Eid-al-Adha is an important festival and we can’t stop people from celebrating it and buying animals. So the government should provide an online facility for this purpose and roadside or outdoor cattle markets should be banned for the time. Covid-19 is a dreadful disease and we are still working with the research about its transmission in the animals, he said.
Mr. Salahuddin Hanif, Secretary General PCJCCI commented that saving human lives is the basic responsibility of the government, which requires exclusive measures to avoid public gatherings on roadside and parks for cattle trading on this Eid ul Azha. Introducing digital solution to this problem should be ensured, he said adding that such initiative if taken would also help in monitoring the undue price hike of the animals.
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Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI)
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Lahore, Punjab – Pakistan
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