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Leather sector recovers after two years of slump

The export of leather and leather goods from Bangladesh has rebounded after more than two years due to higher shipments to non-traditional markets, exporters said. According to Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), the leather and leather products sector registered a growth rate of 1.32 per cent, resulting in earnings of $185.41 million in July-August of the…

No respite from poisonous poultry feed

At least 40 illegal factories are producing poultry, fish and animal feed, using untreated poisonous tannery waste in and around the newly-constructed Savar tannery village, posing serious health hazards to millions of people. The Department of Livestock (DLS) and the Department of Environment (DoE) will conduct drives against these illegal factories soon as the toxic…

Due wages: Tannery workers see no end to suffering

Over 200 workers of three tannery factories have been passing difficult times for the last couple of months as their wages have remained unpaid. The factories are Ruma Leather Industries Ltd and Crescent Tannery Ltd in Savar and Lesco Tannery in the capital’s Hazaribagh. Workers of Lesco Tannery claimed that their wages have been remained unpaid…

Leather companies’ shares plunge

Environmental non-compliance at Savar Leather Industrial Park and recent crisis over the rawhide of sacrificed animals have put an adverse impact on shares of leather and leather goods manufacturing companies listed with the country’s stock exchanges. According to Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) data, share prices of five companies out of six listed companies involved in…

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…