Livestock Traders at the Wa Fadama market have stated that their sales have hit an all time low ahead of Eid-ul-fitr due to the emergence of the dreaded coronavirus.
According to them, activities at the market has been halted and businesses has been crushed as some of them are near collapse.
They made this known to Home Radio news team in a survey conducted on the impact of COVID-19 on businesses ahead of the Salah celebration.
Every year ahead of Salah, dealers in livestock makes enormous profit due to the high demand in the market which sometimes compel the traders to increase the price at will.
In stark contrast, traders are not able to control the prices this time around with some of them saying sales will even be worse if they increase the prices.
Some observed that the low sales is not due to the month of Ramadan but owing to the outbreak of COVID-19 which has “killed’ small- medium companies in Ghana.
They also attributed the situation to the suspension of the Wa Central Market day and the enforcement of safety protocols at the market as measures to limit the further spread of COVID-19.
“People without nose mask are denied entry into the market. Some also fear of contracting the disease due to lack of physical distancing in the market.” They observed.
It was also revealed that traders who bring their goods from other parts of the region have stopped for the fear of been harassed by the security to follow the safety protocols.
Butchers at the Fadama market also lamented the slow pace of business due to the novel coronavirus.
‘’We use to be busy all times especially during Ramadan period and ahead of Salah but it is not so this time.” They noted.
However, a popular butcher at the market called ‘Alhaji’ said “coronavirus has taken the bad name but the fact is that money is not in the system. There is hardship.”
They appealed to the government to allow Muslims pray on the day of Eid ul fitr saying “God may hear our prayer and relieve us from this virus.”
Eid ul-Fitr, also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.
This religious Eid is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast.