Bogra blacksmiths expect to earn Tk 5.0m before Eid

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 20 Aug 2017, 21:32:39

Bogra blacksmiths expect to earn Tk 5.0m before Eid

Our Correspondent

BOGRA, Aug 20: The people who depend on blacksmith profession are expecting to make around Tk 5.0 million in Bogra district ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

They had made over Tk 4 million last year engaging the ancestral profession in all twelve upazilas of the region. They were busy only to deliver the local order of weapons but they are preparing the tools aiming to send to different districts including the capital city in this year, said president of the blacksmith organisation Arun Kumar Karmoker.

According to local blacksmith organisation source the profession of black-smithy remained a very profitable profession even three to four decades back but the ancestral profession gives no big money from last few years. To save the forefather's jobs thousands of blacksmiths who used to earn their livelihood by making those indigenous tools for centuries, are making the daily necessary weapons.

"I prepare the iron tools round the year to mitigate the home based need of the different sizes of tools in slow motion, but I make good amount of money during the Eid season every year," said an iron man Akhil Chandra, 45, under Adamdighi upazila of the district. He again said, "I sold knives, sickles, Boti, Dao and other such tools for Tk 25,000 on Sunday last."

During this month of Eid, they remained extremely busy with making knives, Dao, Hasua and other cutting tools by burning iron red and beating those with hammers. Each blacksmith make Tk 50,000 to 60,000 marking Eid.

"Besides, the knife sharpeners are seen to move door to door to sharpen knives across the district. They are also making much money doing the profession ahead of Eid," said knife sharpener Ajo Chaki.

Polash Karmaker (25), at Kalai village under Kahaloo upazila said he has started exporting the iron tools to Kawran bazar of Dhaka from last week and it will be continued till Eid day. He has made Tk 60 thousand till 19 August and hopes to make Tk 70 thousand as profit before Eid, he added.

President of Bogra chamber of commerce Masudur Rahman Milon said, "We are trying hard to revival of the blacksmith profession by any cost. The iron men are making huge money doing the jobs across the district," he added.
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