No sacrificial animal skins laden vehicles would be allowed to move towards Dhaka and inter-district for seven days after the Eid-ul- Azha.
The skin of the sacrificial animal should be preserved by adding the required salt after the slaughtering of animals so that it is not damaged.
At the same time, the government has fixed the price of salted skins of cows at Tk 47 to Tk 52 per square foot in Dhaka and Tk 40 to Tk 44 outside Dhaka. The price of goat salted skin has been fixed at Tk 18 to 20.
The price has been fixed at a meeting on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha festival at the meeting room of the Commerce Ministry at the Secretariat on Tuesday. After the meeting, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi virtually informed this to journalists.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said, “Adding salt would not ruin any raw hides and it would be possible to sell leather at a reasonable price over time. For this, everyone concerned should be aware and make sure that the skin has kept after adding salt. People need to be made aware of this in the country’s mosques.”
He said, “Banks have sanctioned necessary loans for traders to ensure raw hides purchases. The country has the necessary salt reserves, the supply and price of salt is normal. The city corporation will ensure the purchase of the required salt by the animal buyers during the procurement of sacrificial animals at the market.”
The minister also said, “The country’s leather exports have increased and it will increase further. The government has allowed the export of excess wet blue leather on a case-by-case basis. In order to ensure the quality of the raw hides, it needs to be collected and stored properly so that no skin is damaged. The government has taken adequate steps to make the public aware of this issue through TVC broadcasts and distribution of leaflets through the country’s media.”
It may be mentioned that last year the price of salted cow skins was fixed at Tk 40 to Tk 45 per square foot in Dhaka and Tk 33 to Tk 37 outside Dhaka. The price of salted goat skin was fixed at Tk 15 to Tk 17.
Senior secretary of the Commerce Ministry Tapan Kanti Ghosh also addressed the meeting. Senior Secretary of the Department of Public Security of the Ministry of Home Affairs Md. Akhter Hossain also spoke virtually at the meeting.
Besides, Industries Secretary Zakia Sultana, Information and Broadcasting Secretary Md. Maqbool Hossain, President of Bangladesh Tanners Association Shaheen Ahmed, President of Bangladesh Finnish Leather and Exporters Association Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahin, President of Hide and Skin Association Aftab Khan among others also spoke.