The inundation of Chinese goods led to the steep fall of the
prices of animal hides in Chitral
CHITRAL: The inundation of Chinese leather-made goods in the
local market has led to the steep fall of the prices of animal
hides in Chitral market over the last couple of years.
Haji Qayum, a trader of the community with many outlets throughout
the district for purchasing purposes, told Chitral Times that
the existing prices were further inclined to decrease in the
national market by 15 to 25 percent during the coming six months.
He said that the price of the hide of buffalo plunged
to Rs. 1200 from Rs.4000, that of cow to Rs.40 per kg from Rs.130
during the last two years while the hide of sheep cut down from
Rs.100 to Rs.30 and that of goat from Rs.300 to Rs. 80.
Attributing the sharp fall in the prices of the commodity, he said
that the extensive use of Chinese commodity in the leather
industry, the prices of the local hides have dropped exponentially
which formed the raw material.
Mr. Qayum said that last year, his loss in the business exceeded 2
million rupees as he had purchased the animal hides in bulk
quantity on the occasion of Eidul Azha as he purchased in the older
He said that keeping in view the ever falling prices of the
commodity in the market, many have switched over to other fields of
business this year but he was determined to carry it on and to gain
suitability of his business, he had to drop the purchasing price.
Another trader Ajmal Shah was of the view that as there was no
leader industry in Chitral, so the price of the raw material in the
form of animal hide will go on falling with no hopes of restoration
of the old prices.
He said that by making arrangement of tanning of animal hides in
Chitral, these can be developed into leather which will pave way
for development of leather industry in the area.
He added that the hundreds of the persons associated with the
business of animal hides have been rendered jobless due to its
Mr. Shah said that presently the animal hide is of no use in
Chitral as it is not utilized in any cottage industry or domestic
use and it is left to decompose in the open fields in the villages
when it is left being sold to the traders.
Associated with the business for the last five decades, Mr. Shah
said that until early 1970s, the business of the hides of snow
leopards, markhors and other wild animals was in vogue in Chitral
when there was no legal ban on it.