Every Eid-ul-Azha, lakhs of animals are sacrificed in Bangladesh but due to lack of proper arrangement and mechanism, small traders have to incur losses while trading in raw hides.
Keeping the same in consideration, the Government has decided to form a high-level committee to ensure proper management of raw hides of sacrificial animals during Eid-ul-Azha.
A decision to this end was taken during the first meeting of the ‘taskforce for formulating a work plan and providing recommendations to develop tannery industry’, held at the Industries Ministry in Dhaka recently.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun presided over the meeting, attended amongst others by Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md. Shahab Uddin and State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Mojumder.
As per reports, the taskforce has decided that if the leather merchants and tannery owners do not buy raw hides from the local traders within the stipulated time, the Government will make necessary arrangements for preserving the raw hides at different warehouses of various districts, upazillas and unions for the next 3 months.
Meanwhile, at the meeting of the taskforce it was decided that after formation of the committee, which will include representatives from Ministries of Industries, Commerce, Environment and Forests, Religious Affairs and Information, the National Board of Revenue (NBR), Finance Division, Tariff Commission, Bangladesh Bank and leather industries, it will submit its recommendations within 7 days following consultations with the stakeholders.