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A livestock vendor waits for customers along a street in the old quarters of New Delhi ahead of Eid al-Adha [Jewel Samad/AFP]Faced with deserted markets, livestock breeders and traders have turned to websites, apps and social media to showcase their animals.

Usually packed, animal markets across South Asia are deserted due to the coronavirus pandemic [Sanjay Kanojia/AFP]In Muslim-majority Pakistan, home to 215 million people, dozens of apps and websites have sprung up.

But the rise in online sales has been accompanied by plunging prices.

Mumbai seller Walid Dawood Jat, who sold six goats online during India’s lockdown, said they fetched just half their usual prices.

In Dhaka’s biggest cattle market, livestock sales are down from 400,000 a week in previous years to 30,000.

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