Orphanages to face fatal loss due to rawhide price fall
Eiahia Nakib of DOT
Many people are comparing present situation of the sacrificial animal skin market to ‘catastrophe’. The price of leather has go fell so much that it has made many people frustrated. Many have reportedly embedded the skin of the sacrificial animal, reports BBC Bangla.
To cope up with the situation, the government has announced soon after the Eid that if anyone wants to export raw skin,they will be allowed. The tannery owners called for the cancellation of the decision the day after the commerce ministry announced it.
Orphanage-Madrashas will face huge loss due to this crisis. Many Kowmi Madrasha and orphanages in Bangladesh depend on the money they get by selling the skin of the sacrificial animals. Many donate the skin of their slaughtered animals to Madrashas and orphanages. They make money by selling this leather. This time to run their orphanages and Madrasha they will face losses due to the low price of leather. However the government has allowed exporting rawhide, but the Madrashas will not be benefited.
Shakawat Hossain, a Madrasha teacher at Lalbagh in Old Dhaka, told to BBC Bangla that this time around 2100 skin came to their Madrasha. The amount of money they got from selling leather this year is not even the half of the amount they got last year.
Shakhawat said, “This time the leather market is so devastating and so frustrating that the Madrashas will have to suffer so much. The Madrasha authorities will not be able to manage the money they spent to collect the rawhides.
He claimed that many Madrasha authorities outside Dhaka were compelled to cover the rawhides under the ground as they could not sell those. Hossain said that if the announcement of export of raw leather had been taken before Eid, this disaster would not have occurred.
“People sell the sacrificial animal skin and give the money to the poor and helpless. That means that the money has been lost, it has been lost from the pockets of the poor and helpless,” Hossain said.
The situation is undesirable, said senior secretary of the Ministry of Commerce Mofizul Islam. The opportunity to export will increase the price of leather in the country market. That is why the government has taken this decision; the commerce secretary said “At the marginal level, we have to look at the beneficiaries – Madrashas, orphanages so that they can be benefited,” said the trade secretary.