Blacksmiths spending busy time ahead of Eid-Ul-Azha in Bogura. The sale of knives has increased this year as prices are less than the previous year. The photo was taken yesterday from Bokhshibazar area in Bogura town. -AA
Like elsewhere in the country, blacksmiths and sharp tools seller in Bogura are busy for upcoming Eid-ul-Azha. But due to flood customers are so few telling the sharp tools maker and seller.
Moniruzzaman came from Sonamukhi village of Dhunat upazila of Bogra to buy sharp tools for his grocery shop. Even when he comes to a shop adjacent to Rajabazar, he was confused to buying a knife, botty, machete before Eid.
Moniruzzaman said most people were affected by the floods. Last year, during this time, two to three thousand taka of these sharp tools were sold. This time those customers did not show up.
Bhuban Das, sharp tools seller, comes from Kagail of Gabtali Upazila, said that last year I bought worth Tk. 30 thousands of goods. This year I bought only Tk. 18 thousand. What I sell, there no customers, said Bhuban.
Every year on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, many seasonal sellers are sold sharp tools in front of Fateh Ali Bazar, Raja Bazaar adjacent rail line in the town. There 10 seller and blacksmith are talking about the business. Sellers said that this time around 50 people have set up business.They said last year in bogura town area they sold about Tk. 50 lakhs last seven days ahead Eid-ul-Azha. But this year they are disappointed for less business.
They are selling chopper, axe, knife, blade, machete, botty and other iron made sharp tools. The price of the sharp tools varies depending on quality and quantity of the iron said the seller. A Machete is priced Tk 250 to Tk 600. Botty is priced between Tk 300 and Tk 500. Raw iron knife (16 inches) is between Tk 250 to Tk 500. The ripe iron (17 inch) knife is Tk 400 to Tk 550.
In addition, the timber used for meat-cutting is priced Tk 20 to Tk 30 per kg. Dulal Chandra, a blacksmith at Ashokola in Sadar Upazila, said coal prices had risen. Last year, brick-burning coal was bought at Tk 600 per sack.
This time the coal was bought Tk 1000 per sack. So he reduced lot of making the goods.Another blacksmith Santosh kormokar of bakshibazar area in the town say the same. santosh said, due to flood this time we got a few order.
Mukul Hossain, a wholesale trader of iron sharp tools adjacent to the Raja Bazar Railway gate said, our main customers are who come from outside the city. Most of them are now flooded. So business is taking time to grow.
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