The country's tanners have sought about Tk 6.0 billion as bank credit in favour of the tannery industry to collect rawhides and skins of sacrificial animals during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, as they are now facing capital crunch, sources said.
They have also asked for ensuring sufficient security during disbursement of loans.
The Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) has requested the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) to take necessary actions, so that the tanners can get bank loans and meet their capital requirement for purchasing rawhides, they added.
The association has urged the MoC to ensure adequate supply of required salt and to prevent artificial price hike and storage of the item across the country, according to the BTA letter.
The BTA has also suggested taking necessary steps by the Ministry of Home Affairs to prevent smuggling of rawhides and skins of sacrificial animals through border areas after 30 days of the Eid-ul-Azha festival.
It has sought further strengthening of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) patrol along with taking necessary actions to involve local people's representatives in this connection.
Currently, the BTA has some 800 members, including the country's tannery owners and exporters. There are about 266 large and 1,600 middle-sized warehouses in the country for preservation of rawhides. Besides, there are some small-sized warehouses also.
The warehouse owners preserve their collected rawhides and skins through necessary salt for some three months after the Eid-ul-Azha. They gradually supply the rawhides to the tanneries concerned.
The tanners have also sought required steps to ensure collection, preservation and transportation of rawhides and skins before 10:00 PM by the corporations and local administrations.
The BTA has also requested the government to arrange necessary campaign, so that the collected skins are duly given necessary salt, added the letter.
Meanwhile, an inter-ministerial meeting was held at the MoC on Wednesday on management, monitoring, purchase and sales activities of rawhides and skins during the Eid-ul-Azha, their smooth transportation, necessary campaign, supply of required salt, etc.
MoC Senior Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh presided over the meeting. Senior officials of different ministries and agencies concerned along with representatives from the BTA and other leather-related associations were present in the event.
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