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Ensure hygiene in sacrificial animal market

Cattle farmers have already begun to bring their animals at Gabtoli hat and they have started selling some, although sales have not yet picked up. Work is underway to build temporary infrastructure in the cattle markets.
Majhar Mannan
Ensure hygiene in sacrificial animal market

On 21st July, the Muslims of Bangladesh are going to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, one of their biggest religious festivals. However, this year's religious festival will not be like other years as this year's Covid epidemic has intensified.

Covid-19 infections are currently at an all-time high in the country and the death rate is very high and the number of infections and deaths is increasing every day. The government has already announced a strict lockdown in the country to curb the spread of corona infection. The government has urged buyers to buy cattle through online this year and the government has given utmost importance to online.

Despite this, some sacrificial animal markets are going to be set up in Dhaka city and the government is thinking about how to ensure maximum hygiene over these animal markets. The possibility of the spread of coronavirus from the sacrificial animal market cannot be ruled out, so extreme care must be taken in this case, otherwise the situation may become more dire. Livestock farmers are very worried this year because they have invested enough money and are worried about whether they will be able to sell cattle this year. The government is allowing cattle markets in Dhaka so that cattle farmers do not face extreme financial hardship.

Cattle farmers have already started bringing their animals to the hats in Dhaka city, although there are still several days left of Eid. Cattle farmers have already begun to bring their animals at Gabtoli hat and they have started selling some, although sales have not yet picked up. Work is underway to build temporary infrastructure in the cattle markets. The Department of Livestock says that 45 lakh 47 thousand cows and buffaloes and 73 lakh 65 thousand goats and sheep and 4765 camels and dumba may be brought and sold in different markets of the country on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha this year. The largest cattle market in Bangladesh is the Gabtali Cattle Market in Dhaka city and arrangements are being made to keep 70,000 animals at this Gabtali Cattle Market.

Although sales are low at the moment, sales will start to pick up sharply 2 or 1 days before Eid, and maintaining hygiene will be a real challenge then. However, experts are skeptical about the extent to which hygiene can be ensured at cattle markets, and experts say the entire nation will have to pay the ultimate price for failing to comply with hygiene rules.

Experts say large numbers of people left Dhaka for Eid-ul-Fitr and went home, and Covid infections have increased due to overcrowding. Experts say that there is a double risk in this Eid, as the corona infection  could spread from the animal market on the one hand, and huge people will leave Dhaka on the other hand, and virus may spread from the rush. So the biggest challenge and difficult task of this year's Eid is to ensure hygiene because on the one hand the authorities have to ensure hygiene in the animal market and on the other hand they have to ensure hygiene in communication including ferries. However, ensuring social distance in cattle markets will be a challenge. The government, however, has suggested setting up animal markets in open spaces and in large areas.

Some important steps can be taken to ensure hygiene at the cattle market. They are: 1. No marks, no entry must be ensured, 2. Provide adequate soapy water for hand washing and supervision to ensure hand washing, 3. Ensuring the necessary arrangements for measuring the body temperature of every buyer and seller at the cattle market, 4. Social distancing must be ensured, 5. Specifying the location in the market for cattle sellers, 6. Ensuring strict surveillance by law enforcement to avoid crowds at cattle markets, 7. Ensuring adequate space in the market for buyers to move, 8. There should be police activity inside the market so that everyone is forced to have mask on their face, 9. There should be multiple wide roads to enter and exit the cattle market, 10. The place of residence of animal sellers should be as per the design and hygiene should be ensured there, 11. Specify how many people can come to the market to buy a cow, 12. There should be specific guidelines and everyone should be complied with, 13. Animal vendors will never be allowed to sit on the street, 14. Proper coordination between all the items of hygiene must be ensured, 15.  Cattle hat should be seated as per the design and buyers and sellers should be bought and sold as per the guidelines, 16. The entrances and exits of the market should be made in such a way that it is not crowded in any way, 17. Buyers and sellers need to specify a place to stand according to the design, 18. There should be hygiene monitoring check post and announcement stage at the entrance, 19. Ensuring 11 square feet for each person and 10 square feet for each animal, and 20. Violators of hygiene should be punished and fined.

Experts believe that the risk of infection can be reduced by 90 percent if the cattle markets are set and operated according to design. Due to the corona epidemic, there is no opportunity to set up a traditional cattle market this year, so it is important to set up cattle market according to the suggestion of experts. A research team from Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology has developed a design for the cattle market and it can be put into practice. The government plans to set up 14 hats in Dhaka South City and 10 hats in North City this year, and the city mayors say that the cattle markets will be run in compliance with health regulations.

However, on the one hand, the government has taken steps to ensure the hygiene of cattle markets, on the other hand, the government has taken steps to encourage digital cattle markets. A target has been set to sell one lakh cattle from the digital market this year.  More than a thousand entrepreneurs and farmers have joined the Digital Cattle Market. If the buyer is deceived, he can take legal help. However, there is no substitute for ensuring hygiene in the cattle market to prevent corona virus infection and at the same time steps must be taken to stop the rush in ferries.

The writer is Assistant Professor, B A F Shaheen College Kurmitola Dhaka Cantonment.

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