Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants’ Association had earlier announced that they would not sell hide to tanners until their dues were paid
Sales of rawhide and skin of sacrificed animals to tanners have gained momentum as the government assured the wholesale traders of settling the dispute over payment of dues.
Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants’ Association had earlier announced that they would not sell hide to tanners until their dues were paid. According to hide and skin merchants, the tanners owed about Tk400 crore to them.
The tanners have told Dhaka Tribune that they are buying rawhide and skin from merchants especially in the capital and other districts of Dhaka division.
The merchants also said that they were selling hides to the tanners as per the decision they made at a meeting organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industries Ministry to resolve the stalemate over the dues of merchants.
In the meeting, Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun directed the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry to mediate to break the stalemate between tanners and rawhide wholesalers over dues.
“In line with assurance, we started selling rawhide to the tanners Monday. And the tanners are buying rawhide at government-fixed rates,” Delwar Hossain, president of Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants’ Association, told Dhaka Tribune.
The government set prices of per square feet salted cowhide and buffalo rawhide at Tk45-50 per square feet in Dhaka and at Tk35-40 in other districts.
On the other hand, the price of goat skin has been set at Tk18-20 and Tk13-15 for male goat skin across Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) General Secretary Md Shakawat Ullah said that all their members started buying rawhide at the government-fixed prices, which would continue until the stock was finished.
In the first phase, the tanners would buy in Dhaka and its joining districts, while from next week they would start buying from other districts, said Shakawat.
The major rawhide trading markets outside Dhaka are in Chittagong, Natore, Jessore, Mymensingh, Kishoreganj, Tangail, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Palashbari, Cumilla, Feni and Sylhet.
According to sector people, about 50% hides are collected from the sacrificial animals and this year about one crore animals were slaughtered on Eid-ul-Azha.