Minister of Industries Amir Hossain Amu on Sunday said at Jatiya Sangsad that 35% of tanneries have thus far been shifted to Savar Tannery Estate from the city's Hazaribagh area, a UNB report said.
"Out of 154 tanneries that have plots at Savar Tannery Estate, 55 tanneries started producing wet blue leather at Savar from May 31, 2017. Some more tanneries will soon begin production," he said in reply to a query from Jatiya Party MP Nurul Islam Milon (Comilla-8).
The minister said construction of the remaining tannery units continues and machinery is being shifted from Hazaribagh to Savar.
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Though the relocation process has caused a temporary disruption in the country's leather production, the move will ultimately help to boost both production and export of leather and leather products, he added.