With Eid just around the corner, the site of traditional habta markets would be common place. But with strict social distancing measures in place, these open markets, which usually deal in livestock, apart from other commodities, will now be doing business online.
The first online or digital Eid Fitr habta will be held in eight governorates through an online platform – Tharwa – from May 17-21. This will enable consumers and breeders to buy and sell livestock through online bidding.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Omar said al Marzooqi, CEO of Tharwa, said, “The platform works on organising and marketing the supply and demand process in the domestic and imported meat sector. The platform also provides a communication channel between suppliers and consumers in the retail sector.
“The platform enables consumers and breeders to buy and sell their livestock through online bidding. Bidding will start in eight governorates, from May 17, 4pm to 5.30pm via its website eww.tharwaoman.om, lasting around twenty minutes. Livestock will be delivered to the highest bidder at his doorstep.”
He added that the initiative helps reduce the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. “All habtas and gatherings have been cancelled due to the epidemic,” Marzooqi added.
The platform has also launched a photo competition with an aim to connect people with the Eid habta and promote the digital initiative.
Anyone can participate in the competition with his photo taken with a livestock – a goat or a cow – in Eid habtas held in the years gone by. The winner will get one goat, live or slaughtered.