Cowhide price fixed at Tk 50, goat hide at Tk 20 per square foot
Poriborton Correspondent 1:12 pm, August 20, 2017
The government on Sunday fixed the prices of rawhides of sacrificial animals ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha, keeping the rates similar to those of the previous year. Per square foot cowhide price for Dhaka has been fixed at Taka 50-55 while Taka 40-45 for the rest of the country. Besides, the price of male goat hide has been fixed at Taka 20-22 while female goat at Taka 15-17.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed made the announcement at a press conference at the secretariat this afternoon after a meeting with the leaders of Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters' Association (BFLLFEA), Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA), and Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants Association.
He said: "We've taken this realistic decision taking into consideration the overall situation of the tannery industry."
Referring to the shifting of the tannery factories to Savar tannery industry zone, Tofail said the owners of the factories are facing difficulties for the relocation and that is why "we've decided to keep the prices unchanged".
About the buffalo rawhide price, the minister said the traders would fix its price as buffalo is not sacrificed widely in the country.
The tannery factories were located in the capital, but the government decided to relocate those to Savar tannery industry zone. Out of 155 tannery factories, 69 factories have been shifted and 23 of those have started full operation while the remaining ones are operating partly.
In the meeting, BTA General Secretary Sakawat Ullah requested the Commerce Minister to ensure sufficient supply of salt for processing the rawhide. He claimed they count not preserve a good amount of rawhide last year for the want of salt.
The minister said there is no shortage of salt in the country. "In addition, we've given permission to import 5 lakh metric tons of salt," he added.
Replying to a query regarding the smuggling of rawhide, Tofail Ahmed said the law enforcement agencies and BGB will strengthen vigilance for the next 30 days of Eid-ul-Azha to prevent smuggling.
According to the statistics of livestock department, there are a total of 1,15,57,000 sacrificial animals in the country, of which 44,57,000 are cows and buffalos and 71,00,000 are goats and sheep. In the last year, the total number was 1.5 crore.
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