Month: August 2019

When it no longer pays to pollute the environment

Just as the city corporations were about to lay down the shovels and pat themselves on the back for a job well done cleaning up all the qurbani waste, more appeared on the streets. Traders threw away reeking piles of hides, dumping them in public garbage spots (also known as sidewalks). The rawhide merchants’ association…

Leather Industrial Park at Savar: Non-compliance still the biggest hurdle

Tanneries relocated to Savar Leather Industrial Park, built on 200 acres of land, continue to be a source of pollution due mainly to the delayed implementation of central effluent treatment plant (CETP) and lack of a dumping station. Under pressure from local and global rights group and foreign buyers of Bangladeshi leather goods, the government…

Bangladesh Leather Industry Flailing, Industrial Park Still Not Complete 16 Years On

Bangladesh has seen a dramatic fall in its leather export earnings and rawhide price, and the problems have been attributed to the government’s failure to complete an industrial park promised a massive 16 years ago. Work on the 200-acre park in Savar began in 2003 and as yet the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) is…

Leather industry sinks, govt yet to complete industrial park in 16 yrs

The drastic fall of leather export earnings and rawhide price during this Eid-ul-Azha is the outcome of the government’s failure of setting up an industrial park even after 16 years. Initiated in 2003, the 200-acre park in Savar is yet to complete the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) while the work of its dumping yard…

CETP at Savar fully operational: industries secretary

Industries secretary Md Abdul Halim on Saturday said that the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Savar Tannery Industrial City was fully operational for purifying chemical waste. ‘During the holy Eid-ul-Azha, tannery owners collect half of the rawhide for whole year. So the next two to three months, tanneries in the industrial city will run…

Experts find falling demand, syndication behind decrease in rawhide prices

Experts have blamed the lack of policy, syndication by tanners, their ‘cash crunch’ and a fall in the demand for leather products for the unprecedented fall in the prices of rawhide of sacrificed animals this year. The drastic fall in rawhide prices forced seasonal traders in different districts, including Dhaka, Chattogram, Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Sylhet, Rajshahi…

Government, tanners blamed for sharp fall in rawhide prices

Putting blames on the tanners, rawhide merchants said they were not paid their dues although the tanners have received hefty government allocation. The merchants and traders of animal rawhide came down heavily on the tanners, and officials concerned due to a lack of funds as they were unable to purchase rawhides and skins at a…

Tanners seek withdrawal of rawhide export decision

Tanners urged the government to withdraw its decision to allow rawhide exports, on the grounds that it might cause a scarcity for the local industry. President of Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) Shahin Ahmed placed this demand at a press conference at its office in city’s Dhanmondi area at 11 am yesterday. At the press conference,…

Decision to allow rawhide export delights merchants, disappoints leather entrepreneurs

The prices people get for cattle slaughtered on Eid-ul-Azha are “not reasonable” and the latest government decision aims to ensure that they get the fair price, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi says. Wholesalers and merchants have welcomed the decision with the hope that they will not have to depend only on the tanners to sell rawhide.…

Leather goods exports dull despite huge potential

Vietnam entered the global footwear export market just a decade ago and the Southeast Asian nation’s export now stands at $20 billion a year. On the other hand, Bangladesh made the foray three decades ago but its overseas shipment in the segment is hovering around $1 billion despite having the main raw material and human…