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Merchant-tanner dispute puts hide trade in doldrums

Ministry holds meeting with stakeholders today

Published : Sunday, 18 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 701

Workers preserving rawhide with salt at Posta in the capital on Saturday. 	photo: Observer

Workers preserving rawhide with salt at Posta in the capital on Saturday. photo: Observer

Leaders of Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants Association (BHSMA) have said they will not sell rawhides to tanners until they pay dues. They said the final decision will come in a meeting scheduled to be held at the Commerce Ministry today (Sunday).
BHSMA President Md Delwar Hossain made the announcement at a press briefing after a meeting of the association held at its Lalbagh office on Saturday.
On the other hand, some tanners claim they have started buying rawhides from Saturday at government fixed price.   
Delwar said, "Tanners owe unpaid bills of around Tk 400 crore, making us cash trapped. This is why we can't go for buying. We have decided not to sell rawhides to tanners until the money is paid."
"We will take next step after Sunday's meeting with tanners and other market stakeholders at the Commerce Ministry," he said.
Blaming tanners for the market debacle, Delwar said, "We could not buy rawhide      due to lack of money as the tanners did not pay the arrear bills. "Such a situation was never created in the country in the past. We're sorry for this unusual situation," he said.

About the government's decision to lift the ban on rawhide export, he said they were yet to get any directive from the ministry concerned. "We'll abide by the government's decisions." Delwar, however, said they are not prepared for exporting rawhides as they have no licences to do this.
Talking about the collapse of the market, he said the situation has been purportedly created holding the payment of arrears back. "We couldn't spray salt on rawhide for cash crunch. So, huge rawhides got rotten this year. If tanners owners pay the arrears, the situation will improve," he added.
Sakhawat Ullah, General Secretary of Bangladesh Tanners Association and owner of Salma Tannery, said, "Tanners will formally start buying rawhides from Sunday (today).
"We will continue to collect rawhides over the next two months at the government fixed price. "Properly salted rawhides will get good price," Sakhawat said. 

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