Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed on Tuesday asked traders to set a minimum and reasonable price of rawhide to be collected from sacrificial animals during forthcoming Eid-ul-Azha by October 3 so that people could get a fair price of the product. In a meeting with the traders at commerce ministry conference room the minister said that the minimum price of per square feet of rawhide should be set considering the international market.
He said the government had given necessary instructions to the Border Guard Bangladesh and the police to prevent the item from being smuggled out to neighbouring India.
To protect the smuggling of rawhide to India the transportation of the item to the border areas will remain restricted for 30 days after Eid-ul-Azha, Tofail said.
Commerce secretary Hedayetullah Al Mamoon, Bangladesh Finished Leather and Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association vice-president Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh Tanners Association president Md Shaheen Ahmed and Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchant Association president Ali Hossain, among others, attended the meeting.
The traders said they expected to collect at least 80 lakh pieces of rawhide of sacrificial animals during this year’s Eid.
Bangladesh Tanners Association president Md Shaheen Ahmed told New Age that as per the direction of the ministry the traders would sit today (Wednesday) to set the minimum prices of rawhide and the decision would be announced through a news conference on Friday (tomorrow).
-With New Age input