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Assiut Launches an Online Market for the Trade of Livestock

The market was launched after markets were closed by the state.


The Assiut village of Arab Mutair has launched an online marketplace for trading livestock to limit in-person interactions in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis. After traditional markets were closed by the state as a preventative measure, this out-of-the-box move is a historic step for Egypt’s farmers and agroindustry workers.

Member of the House of Representatives, Mohamed Hany Al-Hinnawy, called on all those involved in the livestock market to implement similar initiatives at the national level. The online market, which operates on Facebook’s marketplace, is meant to be a compromise between protecting lives and maintaining the livelihood of those in the city especially considering that many of them have a week-to-week income.

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