Karachi: The leather sector has strongly condemned the allocation of export of livestock for year 2012 terming it the disastrous move for the export oriented industries.
The Chairman, Pakistan Tanners’ Association (PTA) S M Nasim, Chairman PTA South Zone M Khurshid Ahmed while showing their deep concern over the announcement of CY12 to allow quota wise export of live animals from Pakistan to Iran and Afghanistan for a number of live animals made by the government of Pakistan as reported in daily newspapers.
The Chairmen, PTA apprehended that as a result of “ CY12 Quota “ the scarcity of this basic raw materials i.e. hides and skins would certainly increase the extreme extent and also result in increasing the prices locally tremendously in the days to come. Resultantly the exporters and manufacturers of leather and leather garments would become unable to get export orders from their foreign buyers/customers owing to unavailability of this basic raw material and high production cost in respect of increased prices of electricity, gas, essential chemicals as a consequence of which the production of leather sector would also get shrunk further from the existing level, which is at the moment ranging from 50 per cent to 60 per cent having only 4 working days for production.
S.M. Naseem reiterated that with the permission to allow export of live animals under CY12 Quota would also have drastic affect on meat and milk prices in local market, which are already at exorbitant extent and getting beyond the purchasing power of the masses. Naseem and Khurshid also apprehended that the permission of “CY12 Quota” would further encourage and accelerate the smuggling of live animals from Pakistan to the neighbouring countries.
They warned that Naseem the situation has become extremely alarming due to the massive export and smuggling of livestock in the garb of export permits issued by the government and leather exporters are already losing the pace of fetching precious foreign exchange for the national exchequer and in the remaining months of financial year the export of leather sector would certainly come down drastically.
They further added that PTA’s members were meeting their dire needs of basic raw materials by importing skins and hides from different countries specially from Africa but after putting ban on such export in these countries the manufacturers and exporters are solely compelled to depend on domestic raw material, which is already short for meeting the export demands and accordingly after allowing the quota for export of live animals would be disastrous for not only export industries but also for animals breeding.
PTA earnestly appealed to the President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani to intervene in the matter and order to withdraw the decision for allowing export of live animals from under quota issued by the ministry concerned in the larger interest of the country and saving the leather industry of Pakistan, which is the second largest export-oriented industry in terms of foreign exchange earnings.
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