Ctg seasonal traders dump rawhides on streets
Published : Thursday, 15 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 99
CHATTOGRAM, Aug 14: Seasonal traders left around 100,000 rawhides on the city streets after they had failed to sell them as there was no buyer in the city.
Rawhides abandoned on streets have already created an unhygienic environment in the port city of Chattogram.
A large numbers of Chattogram City Corporation workers started removing the rawhide from the streets of Aturar Depot, Muradpur and Bahaddarhat on Tuesday afternoon.
Wholesalers said most of them could not buy rawhide or had to offer meager prices as they ran out of money due to their bills unpaid by tanners in Dhaka.
The seasonal traders who were able to sell rawhides claimed they suffered huge losses after buying rawhides of cattle slaughtered on Eid-ul-Azha.
Mobarak Ali, a ward councilor has been appointed by the CCC as a monitor of cattle waste removal work.
He said, "We've removed rawhide by 32 trucks, 8 pay-loaders from the spot to the dumping places of Arefin Nagar and Halishahar." Around 100,000 pieces of rawhides have been destroyed.
The workers carried the abandoned rawhides to the CCC's dumping ground at Bayezid Arefin Nagar and Anandabzar in Halishahar.
Nazim Uddin, a seasonal trader who brought 200 pieces of rawhides from Fatikchharhi, said he paid Tk 300 for each and went door to door to collect them but the wholesalers were offering him Tk 50 a piece.
"No-one was eager to buy rawhide at even Tk 50 a piece in the afternoon. So I am leaving them on the street," he said.
Another trader from the city's Eidgah area said he invested half a million taka in rawhide trading during this Eid but was able to recover only Tk 300,000.
"I have abandoned 300 pieces as there was no buyer in the end," he said.
Piles of thousands of abandoned rawhides were seen on the streets on Tuesday afternoon.
Blood from the piles of rawhides littered the streets giving out pungent odour after rains.
The CCC said it was applying bleaching powder to tackle the odour and pollution.
The Chattogram Rawhide Merchant Cooperative Association targeted collection of 550,000 rawhides this Eid, but its leaders said they could achieve only 60 per cent of the target by Tuesday evening.
President Abdul Kader believes rawhides of 10-15 per cent cattle slaughtered during Eid will be destroyed this time.
Only 30 of the total 262 cattle merchants in Chattogram, including 112 members of the association, were able to buy rawhides this Eid as the tanners of Dhaka were yet to pay around Tk 500 million for rawhides sold previously.