To limit the spread of the coronavirus and to help livestock keepers and consumers, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, in cooperation with the Tharwa platform, held an electronic auction for the sale of livestock on Wednesday.
The ministry held the e-auction for selling local livestock through the website tharwaoman.om.
The one-day e-auction ran in the wilayats of Nizwa, Barka, Bahla and Salalah from 6am to 10pm.
It was the third such auction, Omar al Marzooqi, CEO of Tharwa, told Muscat Daily.
“We held the auction in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources. We held two online auctions earlier,” he said.
The Tharwa platform facilitates marketing and supply of domestic and imported meat in the sultanate. It also enables consumers and breeders to buy and sell livestock through online auctions in all governorates.
A bidder had to pay RO100 to enter the auction and the amount was to be refunded in case he did not make any purchase.
“We witnessed around 150 electronic bids in the previous two e-auctions for selling livestock, and more than 650 requests for selling and buying livestock. The platform registered 450,000 visitors,” Marzooqi said.
The platform aims to support the Omani food industry, livestock owners, breeders and livestock delivery, he added.
“The platform provides a communication channel between suppliers and consumers in the retail sector, as well. It also provides a variety of livestock, such as Omani goats, Somali goats and lamb, Sudanese lamb, Australian lamb, South African lamb, local and Somali cows and camels among others.”