President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, has urged hides and skin dealers to apply advanced techniques when skinning animal meat for leather.
This, Magufuli said, will curb wastage and ensure the adequacy of raw materials for leather industries.
The president gave this advice at the launching of the new Kilimanjaro International Leather Industries in Moshi, Kilimanjaro region.
According to him, there was an increase in the demand for leather products, hence the need for more raw materials of high quality.
“The demand for raw materials in leather factories in the country is high; the number of demands for leather as raw materials will continue to rise since the government is mobilizing investors to increase more leather factories in the country.
“Therefore the availability of high-quality hides and skin for leather industries is important.
“The presence of the Kilimanjaro International Leather Industries is a blessing for breeders as it will contribute to the availability of a reliable market for raw hides and skin for breeders who have been disposing of hides and skin due to the lack of a reliable market for the hides,” he said.
On his part, chairman of the Kilimanjaro International Leather Industries Company Limited, Mr. Hosea Kashimba, said the company would be one of the leading leather producing industries thus the need for more leather.
“Upon completion, the Kilimanjaro Industries is expected to produce 1.2 million pairs of shoes per year, also between 900,000 and 2.1 million shoe soles, about 184,500 other leather articles like bags, belts, wallets and leather jackets.
“In addition, we will also establish a tannery which will have the capacity to process 13 million square feet of leather a year, of which 60 percent will be used by the Kilimanjaro National Industries and 40 percent will be used for other local markets and exportation,” he noted.
He further revealed that the project would not only create 3,000 direct jobs and 7,000 indirect jobs but also increase national revenue through various taxes.