Month: August 2018

Waste management plan for tannery industry still flawed

Tannery waste continues to pollute Hazaribagh in Dhaka. A photograph that New Age published on Wednesday shows how sacrificial animal wastes are dumped by roads at Hazribagh. The unbearable stench from rotting waste made the everyday life of local people difficult. With the relocation of the tanneries to Savar on the capital’s outskit, rawhides are…

Hazaribagh continues to be polluted by rawhide wastes

Rawhide wastes continue to pollute the densely populated Hazaribagh area in the capital. The problem persists as tanners were using their abandoned factories to store rawhides, local inhabitant complained. People in the area told New Age that shifting the tannery factories to the Tannery Industrial Park at Savar brought no solution to the area.…

Leather exports dip as China cuts raw material imports

Exports of leather and leather products dipped significantly in July of the current financial year (2018–19) compared with the previous fiscal year 2017–18 (July). Most tannery owners attribute the continuous negative growth to environmental pollution in hide processing, lack of variety in products and forced relocation of tanneries to the Savar Tannery Complex, which is…

Rawhide traders in Bangladesh hit hard by US-China trade war

The US-China trade war has hit the price of rawhide that is the basis of Bangladesh’s burgeoning leather industry. Low export orders from China — the largest leather export destination for Bangladesh — and a steep fall in rawhide prices have affected all sections in the trade…

Harindhara, another Hazaribagh!

The tanneries of Dhaka’s Hazaribagh were shifted to a leather industry city at Harindhara in Savar’s Tentuljhora on the outskirts of the capital and on the bank of the Dhaleshwari river last year. Waste materials from the tanneries have already covered the area.…

Tofail: Leather sector crisis to end soon

Tofail on Sunday said despite the cut in prices of rawhides, they were not being sold. Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has said the decision of lowering prices of rawhide was right, amid criticism over low prices, at his secretariat office on the first working day after Eid in the capital. Tofail on Sunday said despite…

Crisis over rawhide sale to be over soon: Tofail

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed today said the crisis over the sale of rawhide of sacrificial animals will be over soon as the government has taken steps in this regard. Talking to journalists at the Secretariat, he also said the government has no plan to export the rawhides to protect the local leather industry.…

Tanners shrug off blame for low rawhide prices

The country’s tanners on Saturday blamed lack of required cash inflow, slow demand of leather in the export market and yet-to-be-ready Tannery Industrial Park in Savar for the low prices of rawhide of sacrificial animals this Eid-ul-Azha. In some cases, seasonal traders did not get expected prices of hides as they brought the items to…

Raw hide merchants claim tanners duped them to lower hide prices

Seasonal traders and raw hide merchants have claimed that tanners lowered the price of raw hides from sacrificial cattle by neglecting to pay the hide merchants their arrears from the previous year. The hide merchants further alleged that the tanners then exploited the lowered price by buying hide directly from local traders, instead of through…

Low rawhide prices make traders frustrated

While common people have expressed anger over prices of rawhide, middlemen and seasonal leather traders said they have been caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. The collected animal hides can neither be sold due to the very low prices, nor can these be preserved owing to increasing maintenance costs. Wholesalers and tanners…