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Govt to allow rawhide export

Published : Thursday, 15 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 519

The government has decided to withdraw the ban on rawhides export and instructed the authorities concerned to preserve rawhides.
The Commerce Ministry took the decision on August 13 (Tuesday).
The Ministry at a press release said the government had decided to allow export of raw leather to ensure fair prices.
The release sought cooperation of traders to ensure purchase and sale of raw leather set by the Ministry of Commerce.
According to different sources, skins of the sacrificial animal are not being sold at the price fixed by the government. Businessmen of different levels related to the leather industry are being blamed.
Traders and local administrators were urged to preserve the skin following proper procedures locally so that their quality didn't suffer.
The Ministry of Commerce has sought the cooperation of the Divisional Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Upazila Executive Officer to provide necessary assistance to the people concerned.
Meanwhile, tannery owners are irate at the government for ordering the export of rawhide. After an emergency meeting of the tannery owners, they said this decision will jeopardise the tannery industry in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Tanners' Association President Shaheen Ahmed on Wednesday said at a press conference, the government's decision to export rawhide will affect the local tannery industry.
Tanners will start to buy rawhide from August 17 (Saturday), he added.
He made the remarks at a media call to address the rawhide situation in the country. "They will get the government-fixed prices when they sell to us," the tanner added.
Shaheen Ahmed said, "We know that the Ministry of Commerce is going to offer raw leather export. It will threaten hundreds of indigenous industries. The modern leather industry in Savar will be completely ruined due to lack of raw leather required. As a result, investing Tk 7,000 crore in the leather industry will be at risk."
"A huge number of workers directly and indirectly associated with the tannery industry will be unemployed," he said. This could lead to workers' dissatisfaction.
The President of the BTA said, "During the sacrifice, raw leather is collected from the field stage and seasoned traders. We buy salted skin from them. We will start collecting saline raw leather at the prescribed price from August 25 next."
The rawhide traders welcome the government's decision to export raw leather to ensure fair value.
President of Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchant Association, Delwar Hossain, said: "When we had money, we bought hides through competition and that raised the price of the hides but this year, we do not have cash; tanner owners owe us more than Tk. 3.5 billion."
"We welcome the government's decision to export raw leather," he said. This will directly export the skin. At the same time, the export revenue of the government will increase in the legal way.
Some seasonal traders have bought hides after borrowing money from relatives.

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