Punjab govt bans cattle markets due to coronavirus crisis
The Punjab government has banned the establishment of cattle markets in Lahore. SOPs related to the cattle markets would be clarified in a few days.
According to Punjab government sources, given the growing outbreak of Coronavirus, markets in cities will be established in remote areas, while cattle markets will not be established in major Eid-ul-Adha cities.
Sources said that guidelines on how people buy animals are being worked on while SOPs are being explained in the next few days to allow animals to be bought and sold for sacrifice.
The decision to ban cattle markets in the city has been taken in the broader interest of the people, although consideration is being given to a plan to create markets in sparsely populated areas near the outskirts of the city.
Earlier, the Sindh government immediately revoked permission to develop cattle markets in the province.
A letter from the local government department did not offer any reason for the change, but it is assumed that the decision was taken in view of the lack of biosecurity measures at Sindh cattle markets during the week and the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the province.