“Come up with rational prices for the rawhide of sacrificial animals this year within next two days,” he asked the tanners at a meeting with tannery sector leaders yesterday.
Bangladesh Tanners Association and Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants Association leaders attended the meeting held at the commerce ministry auditorium.
It was to discuss the rawhide prices and processing during Eid-ul-Azha this year. Muslims in Bangladesh will observe the Eid on September 13.
“The tannery owners association will have to set prices keeping conformity with international market prices,” Tofail Ahmed said.
He said most of rawhide collection in the country come from sacrificial animals.
Tofail said as there is a chance of smuggling leather, law enforcers have asked to take steps against it.
He said import of salt was allowed to meet its demand for rawhide preservation.
At the meeting, the tannery sector leaders agreed to set prices for sacrificial rawhide. But they said the current situation in global market would be taken into account as prices fell 32% in the international market.
Tannery owners urged commerce minister to allow them tanning rawhide of sacrificial animals in Hazaribagh area of Dhaka as the Leather Industrial Park in Savar “is yet to get ready fully” for processing rawhide.
In response, Tofail Ahmed said he would talk to Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu about it.
Earlier, industries ministry asked the tannery owners to process rawhide of the sacrificial animals in the Savar industrial park.
Shaheen Ahmed, chairman of Bangladesh Tanners Association, told the Dhaka Tribune that they had requested the minister to allow tanning rawhide in the present factories in Hazaribagh as the Savar Industrial Leather Park was not yet ready.
He said the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) is not ready to treat wastes while the factory owners are not getting electricity and gas connections.