Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants Association (BHSMA) on Saturday announced to keep the rawhide sales suspended until its meeting with the Commerce Ministry scheduled to be held at 3:00pm on Sunday.
BHSMA President Md Delwar Hossain made the announcement at a press briefing after a meeting at its Lalbagh office."Such a situation (fall in prices) was never created in the country in the past. We’re sorry for this unusual situation," he said.
About the government's decision to lift ban on rawhide export, he said they were yet to get any directive from the ministry, adding that: “We’ll abide by all the government’s decisions.”
Delwar, however, said they are not prepared for rawhide export as they have no licences to this end.
He further said the current situation has been created for non-payment of arrears by tannery owners. "We couldn’t spray salt on rawhide for cash crunch. So, huge rawhide got rotten this year. If tannery owners pay the arrears, the situation will improve," he said.