The price of sacrificial animal skins has been declining for several years. People in the leather sector are being affected. In this reality, Mr. Aftab Khan, President, Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchant Association, has spoken about the leather market this year.
Question: How do you see the situation of leather prices this year?
Mr. Aftab Khan: This time the raw leather market of Korbani is better than last year. The decision by the Commerce Ministry to increase the price of salted cow hides by Tk. 5 per sq ft has had a positive impact on the market. Orphanage and Madrasa Authorities all got good prices for leather. However, one or two isolated incidents have taken place. It has reached our ears. Some have been deprived of getting a fair price for leather. Overall, the price of leather has been better this time than last time.
The last two years have seen a sharp rise in the price of leather. Some have thrown their skins into the water because they did not get the price, some have buried them in the ground. But nowhere in the country this year has the skin been seen being thrown into the water or buried in the ground. However, no one got a lower price. Someone got more. That’s right. I believe the leather business will turn around again. This business will be better in the future. Good day awaits the skin.
Q: There have been complaints from all over the country including the capital that the price of raw goat skin has not been found this year. What is your opinion on this?
Mr. Aftab Khan: Although we got the price of cow skin this year, there is a mixed opinion about the price of goat skin. People in some areas did not get the price of goat skin. Many have left the skin for free. That’s right. The price goes down due to not being able to remove the goat skin properly. If there are three or four spots in a small leather, the price goes down. As a result, the price of goat skin did not match in this region. Again in the region where the skin has been properly skinned, there is a good price match. Such as North Bengal, Apex Footwear and Dhaka Hyde and Skin Company buy goat skins from the north every year as the leather is good. However, it should be kept in mind that the price of goat skin is declining in the international market.
Q: You say leather prices are good this year. But Madrassa and Orphanage Authorities say the desired price was not met. What is your statement about this?
Mr. Aftab Khan: It is not true that the Madrasa and Orphanage Authorities have not received the price of raw hides. No businessman is good, no businessman is bad, Madrasa and Orphanage Authorities know everything. They have been selling raw hides for a long time. They look at the market and leave the skin. They talked to us. They got better price this time than last time. One or two isolated incidents may occur. Maybe they didn’t get the desired price. Madrasa and Orphanage Authorities have sold leather to those who pay the highest price.
Seasonal traders did not get the price of raw hides, which is also not true. They bought the leather after talking to the owner of one of the tanneries. They must have talked to the tannery owners about how much money they would spend on leather. Maybe this is the first time one or two of them have taken up this profession. They may not even get the price of leather.