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PROPER ARRANGEMENTS DIRECTED TO SET UP CATTLE MARKETS

For the sale of sacrificial animals, the Punjab local government and community development department has directed the divisional and district heads, and local governments to establish cattle markets and sales points throughout Punjab and make proper arrangements keeping in view the Covid-19 pandemic. As per a notification issued by the department, it asked the cattle market management companies and local governments, in consultation with divisional/district coordination committees, to establish cattle markets and sale points preferably on the places where such markets and sale points were established during Eid-ul-Azha 2019 keeping in view the facilitation of general public. Moreover, these markets should be functional at least 10 days prior to the Eid-ul-Azha. It also asked them to ensure the provision of all facilities and a safe environment for the sellers and buyers. It maintained that only those cattle markets/sale points notified by the district administrations will be permitted to function while its size will be large as compared to last year in order to ensure implementation of the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). It also asked the relevant departments to enforce Anti-Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) measures at the cattle markets/sale points. “The Punjab livestock and dairy development department will deploy teams of veterinary doctors and staff and make special arrangement for the prevention of CCHF besides providing routine veterinary facilities and medical cover to the animals in cattle markets and sale points,” it added. “Best possible arrangements should be made by providing all basic facilities, including public address system, sanitation, cleanliness, lighting, drinking water, tents (where required), fodder, security cameras, signboard, toilets, and mask and gloves sale kiosks,” it added. It also asked the line departments to make comprehensive security arrangements at all sale points.