Aminur Rahman, Jessore
The first leather market after Eid-ul-Adha was held at Rajarhat in Jessore on Saturday. However, according to the district market officer, leather worth around Tk 70 lakh has been sold in Rajarhat.
The skin started coming from Saturday morning. Trading begins at eight o’clock. However, due to rain and lockdown, the leather market is affected. Due to the lockdown, the big storekeepers of Dhaka did not come. And many retailers could not bring leather to Rajarhat due to rain. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person.
This year Eid-ul-Adha is on Wednesday. Saturday was the first day of trading in Rajarhat, the second largest leather market in the country after Eid. On this day small and seasonal traders from different areas bring leather for sale. Alauddin Mukul, general secretary of the Greater Jessore District Leather Traders’ Association, said 30,000 cow and 35,000 goat skins came to the market on Saturday. Which has been sold in cash. He claimed that an estimated four crore rupees had been transacted. However, district market officer Sujat Hossain Khan said about 12,000 cows and the same amount of goat skins were raised in Rajarhat.
According to the market official, small and torn hides were sold at Rs 250 to Rs 300, medium hides at Rs 400 to Rs 450 and large hides at Rs 800 to Rs 900 per cow. Similarly, the back skin of a goat is sold for 20 to 50 rupees. As such, an estimated Tk 60 lakh has been transacted in 24,000 leather trades, said district market officer Sujat Hossain Khan. According to some vendors, goat hides were sold for a minimum of Rs 5 and cow hides for Rs 100 to Rs 120.
But Alauddin Mukul, leader of the Leather Traders Association, gave different information. He said 75,000 hides of cows and goats were sold in the first day market in Rajarhat. So that the transaction has been estimated at four crore rupees. Alauddin Mukul said that these skins were sold for cash.
He said the leather market was suffering due to seasonal traders. He claims that seasonal traders do not know leather. At the same time they can not save the skin. Do not give salt on time. As a result, their purchased leather is ruined. That is why they do not get the right price. He urged seasonal traders to refrain from leather business.
Talking to a small trader named Ujjwal who brought leather to Rajarhat. He said, ‘The market is not bad at all.’ Another trader, Rafiuddin, said, ‘The price of leather was low due to the lockdown. If there was no lockdown, leather would have been sold at a higher price. ‘
According to the investigation, the administration was very active after the sacrifice this year. The district administration was keeping an eye on the smuggling of leather from Rajarhat. Deputy Commissioner Tamizul Islam Khan himself monitored the matter, said the district market officer. He said there is no crisis of salt. The administration had a strict vision to ensure that traders get salt on time. The police were also very active. As a result, traders and stockists did not face any problem with the leather.