Blacksmiths in the capital are worried over the uncertainty surrounding the sale of their products ahead of Eid-ul-Azha due to strict lockdown and a surge in coronavirus cases.
People usually buy tools and accessories including different types of knives and other accessories used for slaughtering sacrificial animals before Eid-ul-Azha.Blacksmiths are usually busy making different types of iron-made tools such as knives, machetes, choppers, axes and also sharpening old knives and machetes ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
“Blacksmiths’ profit increases in manifold in the Eid season as 70 per cent of annual sales is occurred during this time and people buy slaughtering tools and accessories from Dhaka before travelling to their villages for Eid,” said Md. Rafiqul Islam, secretary of Karwan Bazar Karmaker Market.
But this year the situation is completely different due to the lockdown and the uncertainties created by the worsening coronavirus pandemic.
Talking with the Daily Sun on Thursday, he said the production of locally made slaughtering tools, accessories and household appliances made by blacksmiths has decreased due to the raising popularity of Chinese knives and cooking knife sets. “There were 22 shops earlier in the Karwan Bazar, but now only 10 shops are making those items,” he said.
Regarding the prices of tools and accessories made by local blacksmiths, Rafiqul said knives made with good quality spring and railway sheet was selling at Tk 600 to 700 per kg, while the normal quality iron sheet-made tools are selling at Tk 300 per kg, he added.
The profit margin of the business is very limited because the price limit of these products has remained stuck at some certain rates though the production cost is increasing day by day, he added.Md. Mizanur, a blacksmith, said the daily sales from his shop has dropped to Tk 700 to 1000 ahead of Eid, which could be was Tk 10,000 to Tk15,000 on an average in normal time.
People are not buying slaughter tools this year amid the strict lockdown.