Gov’t targets leather industry to create jobs


Kenya is targeting the leather industry to create jobs and expand the manufacturing base.

The country exports 90 percent of its leather in raw form or wet blue earning the country 10 billion shillings annually.

Planning Principal Secretary Saitoti Torome has said the sector has the capacity to generate 100 billion shillings annually while creating fifty thousand jobs.

The government is banking on the upcoming leather city in Machakos County to help boost the struggling sector.

Though Kenya is the fifth largest cattle producer in Africa after Ethiopia, Chad, Sudan, and Tanzania, its leather trade remains low due to a lack of value addition.

Experts say the Kenyan leather industry is valued at about 50 billion shillings annually.

About 90 percent of the country’s leather export is the low-value partially processed wet blue leather.

PS Torome says the operating capacity of textile industries, ginneries, and tanneries has gone low due to inadequate raw materials, shortage of skills, and high costs of labor


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