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Pakistan’s leather exports down as fewer animals sacrificed this Eid

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 15, 2019 | Last Updated: 10 months ago
Posted: Aug 15, 2019 | Last Updated: 10 months ago
Pakistan’s leather exports down as fewer animals sacrificed this Eid

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The Pakistan Tanners Association has had a bad year and it doesn’t look like business is getting any better. Their biggest problem? The export of leather is dropping.

There are a number of reasons for this: global warming, fewer animals being sacrificed and cheaper global alternatives to Pakistani hides.

The former chairperson of the association, Gulzar Firoz, told SAMAA Digital that the number of animals sacrificed this year is 10% less than last year. He attributed this to inflation. Fewer people were able to afford to sacrifice animals this year, and that meant fewer animal hides were sold to tanneries.

Welfare organisations collect animal hides during the three days of Eidul Azha and then pass them on the middle man who preserves the hides. Fifteen days later, tanneries contact these middle men to purchase the hides.

Firoz said the association expected that four million goats would be sacrificed this year but only 3.5 million were. They expected one million lambs to be sacrificed but only 800,000 were. The number of camels sacrificed was also less than their 100,000 estimate.

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He blamed this on the twin issues of inflation and a declining demand for leather abroad.

“The rate for sacrificial animals’ hides has decreased dramatically because there aren’t any buyers in international markets,” he explained. Goat hides now cost Rs150, which is a Rs100 drop from previous rates. You’ll get Rs800 for cow hide, which is 50% less than what you would have got last year.

Sheep hides can be sold for just Rs50 this year, which is almost Rs100 less than last year, he said, adding that camel hides are being sold for Rs400 to Rs500.

But a major issue affecting exports from Pakistani tanneries is that they aren’t giving the hides free of charge. Hides are available free of charge in Argentina, Brazil and the United States, according to Firoz.

Climate change and global warming are also factors that have led to fewer leather exports, he explained. It isn’t as cold anymore so the demand for raw leather is decreasing.

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  1. Avatar
      Shahid  August 15, 2019 8:52 pm/ Reply

    There is no way to calculate the number. They r just trying to show they r suffering.

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      خالد  August 15, 2019 11:53 pm/ Reply

    یہ سب بکواس کر رہے ہیں. اس سال قربانی کم ہوتی ہے تو اس کا اثر اگلےسال کی ایکسپورٹ پر ہو گا نہ کہ اس پر. یہ ایک بہت بڑا مافیہ ہے جو ہر سال قربا. ی پر کھال کی قیمتیں بہت گرا دیتے ہیں اس سال چھوٹی کھال 35 روپے اور بڑی 300 عام حالات میں یہ 150 اور 1000 روپے ہوتی ہے جس سے لوگوں نے دیسی طریقے سے کھالیں صاف کر رہے ہیں. روپے پر کر دی جبکہ

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      Shehbaz Malik  August 16, 2019 1:00 am/ Reply

    Then despite selling hides, why not you people make products like shoes, bags, and jackets of this leather and export it in good amount of $$$. Bro taking U-turn will save all of us. Despite blaming Government officials tune up your own brain and do what is beneficial for the nation. Why we have to buy leather products form foreign countries that made up of our provided raw materials.

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      یاسر  August 16, 2019 1:02 am/ Reply

    جب چمڑے کی انڈسٹری کو خود ہی پابندیاں لگا کر بند کرنے کی کوشش کی جاۓ گی تو یہی ہوگا نا
    کیا حکومت کی طرف سے لگائی گئی پابندیوں سے پہلے بھی یہی صورتحال تھی؟
    ہرگز نہیں
    مدارس جو دینی تعلیم کی ملک بھر میں ذمہ داری اٹھاۓ ہوۓ ہیں انہیں دیوار سے لگانے کیلیے عید قرباں پر کھالیں جمع کرنے اور انہیں دینے پر پابندی ہے
    کیا یہی کھالیں حکومت کو دے دیں جو سکول کا نظام پیسہ ہونے کے باوجود بھی نہیں چلا پا رہے۔۔۔۔؟
    حکومت تو ٹیکس کی مد میں پہلے ہی عوام سے ایک ایک پائی انکی جیبوں سے نکال رہی ہے
    بہرحال جو بھی ہے لبرل اور روشن خیال طبقے کا کیا دھرتا ہے

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      Waqas  August 16, 2019 4:31 am/ Reply

    Ridiculous article and bad reporting.
    The numbers don’t stack up. There is no proven correlation between global warming and reduction in leather sales, even if there was a link, the temperature increase had to be dramatic /substantial to have any impact.

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      Yasir  August 16, 2019 10:31 am/ Reply

    Extremely poor article with lack of knowlegde on the subject matter. Due to drop in exchange rate our leather has become much cheaper for international markets therefore inflation cannot be blamed. Then there was no interest by tanners and nobody bought most of the skins which are still rottening around houses. Again who will take the pain to collect the skins and provide it to tanners for free. There is nothing such as free lunch

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