NAIROBI, The Kenyan government has rolled out at a programme to directly purchase hides and skins from pastoralists, says Planning Principal Secretary (Assistant Minister) Irungu Nyakera.
The move will eliminate unscrupulous middlemen so as to boost the income of livestock herders. The leather industry in Kenya mainly relies on the large livestock resource base of cattle, goats, sheep and camel and the sector’s contribution to Kenya’s economy currently stands at 10.6 billion shillings (about 102.6 million US dollars) and employs 22,540 people directly and indirectly.
However, unscrupulous middlemen have been taking advantage of the marketing gaps to exploit livestock keepers, said Nyakera, who added that the government was seeking to address this by directly purchasing hides and skins from pastoralists in Narok and Kajiado counties.
Under the programme, the Ewaso Ngiro South Development Authority will buy hides and skins at between 300 and 1,000 shillings instead of the current 20 shillings offered by middlemen. The hides will be processed at the 700 million shilling tannery which has been built in Narok, about 140 kilometres west of here, and which is expected to create some 300 jobs.
The tannery will serve farmers from Kajiado and Narok counties.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK