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Tipu Munshi: Raw hides will be exported if seasonal traders are cheated

Different ministries and police administration are working together to ensure that the price of raw hides is not lower than the fixed price, he assured

Update : 28 Jun 2023, 10:00 PM

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi on Wednesday warned tannery owners that export of raw hides will be allowed if seasonal traders are cheated by the syndicated tannery owners.

“The government is trying to break the tannery owners' syndicate and has fixed the price of the skin of sacrificial animals. Even then, if seasonal traders are cheated, we will allow exporting raw hides,” he said while talking to reporters at his LakeView residence in Sagarpara area of Ranpur city after arriving here on a four-day visit on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha festival.

He said different ministries and police administration are working together to ensure that the price of raw hides is not lower than the fixed price. 

“The price of a raw hide has been set at Tk800-900 this time. Stern measures will be taken if hides are  bought at a lower price,” he said. 

“Considering the cost of preserving the hide, which includes Tk200 for salt, the price has been determined,” he added. 

“Syndicates cannot interfere if seasonal traders preserve hides with salt. That is why they have to be vigilant,” the commerce minister said, adding that the administration will keep vigilance to stop dishonest traders and prevent smuggling of skins.  

The minister advised all concerned to preserve the animal hides for seven to eight days by adding salt to get a fair price, saying that those who offer sacrifices generally do not sell the raw hides and donate to madrasas and orphanages. 

Acknowledging the rise in commodity prices,  the commerce minister said: “The government is trying to control the prices of daily essentials. The price of vegetables which has increased will come down. This crisis will be over.”

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