Eid-ul-Azha accounts for more than half of annual rawhide collection in Bangladesh. But this time around, amidst the pandemic-induced crisis and slew of restrictions centring COVID-19, the number of sacrifices came down significantly consequent to people giving a miss to big expenses owing to the crisis.
Reports maintained this while underlining as many people opted not to sacrifice animals, supply of rawhides came down significantly compared to the pre-pandemic levels, adding to which, rawhide traders across the country also have had to deal with low prices, as per industry insiders.
Speaking to the media, Barishal-based rawhide wholesalers, reportedly, maintained that the supply of sacrificial animal skins was at least 20 per cent lower this time around compared to 2020 even as one of Barishal wholesale market’s rawhide trader Keramat Ali on his part stated he had bought around 4,000 pieces of untanned leather this year compared to that of 6,000 pieces in the previous year.
Further, thanks to the various restrictions including that on movement of people, agents and tannery owners are, reportedly, facing issues in terms of moving around to source rawhides.