Meat sellers incur losses due to ongoing hartal & blockade
15 March 2015, Nirapad News: Claiming they were incurring losses due the ongoing hartal and blockade, meat sellers here on Saturday demanded withdrawal of the action programs.
The demand was made at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU). Bangladesh Meat Merchant Association and Dhaka Metropolitan Meat Merchant Association jointly arranged the press conference.
Bangladesh Meat Merchant Association President Robiul Alam said the sales of meat have declined significantly in the capital and elsewhere across the country in the wake of a price hike amid the ongoing hartal-blockade programs.
“If the non-stop hartal and blockade continue, it’ll be difficult for the meat merchants to keep their business running and many of them will be forced to fold their businesses,” he said.
As transport cost almost doubled amid the ongoing blockade and hartal and cattle import from India declined sharply, the prices of meat have gone up, he said.
The leader of meat sellers also alleged that tannery owners are not paying fair prices of the rawhide.
President of Dhaka Metropolitan Meat Merchant Association Golam Mortuza Montu and its executive president Kazi Anwar Hossain also spoke on the occasion.