The market for sacrificial animal skins has collapsed in Joypurhat. Seasonal traders are having to sell leather at one-fourth of the price in the district markets than last time. In many places, leather is being looted on the ground due to negligence as it is not sold at such a low price. The middlemen and seasonal traders are the victims of this collapse in the leather market. And the poorest people who get a share of the money from the sale of sacrificial skins every year, this time the desired money will not be added to their fate.
In the last few years, the skin of each goat has been sold at different markets in the district for 400-500 rupees. This time the price is 10 to 15 rupees depending on its size. Each cow skin was sold for one thousand to one and a half thousand rupees, this time it has been sold for 100 to 200 rupees.
Matiur Rahman of Suktahar village in Joypurhat Sadar upazila, Golam Rabbani of Hatiyar village in Kalai upazila, Hanif Hossain of Dashra village in Khetlal upazila and other victims of the district said they had not seen such a leather market in the last 10 years.
Almost all the seasonal traders of the district suffered losses due to the collapse of the leather market. Shahidul Islam of Natunhat area of Joypurhat district town, Motiur Rahman of Jamalganj Bazar and other seasonal leather traders said that the middle class leather traders lost their way in this sudden fall in the price of sacrificial leather. They make a good profit by spending money in this business for a couple of days at the time of sacrifice every year. However, they are in trouble as they have to count the losses in this year’s bid.
On the condition of anonymity, many Fadias said that if there were no restrictions at the border, they would have sent skins to the other side to see some profit. This time it is not happening.
Local leather traders feel that the price of leather has fallen due to capital crisis, arrears to tannery owners, etc.
Saju Hossain and Shahin Akhter, leather traders in Joypurhat, said the tannery owners owed millions of rupees. They are not able to buy the desired amount of leather due to lack of money. As a result, the price of leather has come down due to low demand in the market.
On the other hand, BGB patrols at the border have been increased to prevent skin smuggling. As a result, leather has to be traded in the local market of the country at present. As a result, some traders claim that the price is falling due to low demand.
Meanwhile, Joypurhat-20 BGB Battalion Commander Lt. Colonel Rafiqul Islam said the border area under Joypurhat-20 BGB Battalion is about 41 km. Of this, 22 km area is surrounded by thorns, while the remaining 16 km border is without thorns. Smugglers mainly use this place as their smuggling route. So these places are kept under surveillance all the time. They have taken all kinds of measures to prevent skin smuggling.
(Dhaka Times / 22 July / KM)
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