By Chalila Kibuda, Michuzi TV
The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries has said that the government is committed to regulating leather products to bring development to the country.
The leather goods have been in short supply due to the product being prepared on a small scale compared to the livestock available in the country.
Speaking on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Professor Elisante Ole Gabriel at the Skin Brokers Training held in Dar es Salaam, Assistant Director of Livestock Products, Food Security and Nutrition Gabriel Bura said Tanzania is the second country with the number of Cattle in Africa with 32.2 Million Cattle while being led by Ethiopia 52 Million Cattle.
He said there are two leather processing factories to reach the final stage which are Himo Tannery and Moshi Leather Industry Ltd which can process 15000 to 10000 square feet is equivalent to 1000 pieces for 9000 Cattle and 31000 goat skins but only 10 percent of the leather exported manufactured by 90 percent should not fail due to lack of quality.
He said the factory’s job was not to select the skins as the skins should be inspected since the slaughter and extraction exercise.
Bura said that from now on, all applicants must be licensed from the ministry.
He said in the current law all skin inspectors should be advertised in the government gazette to give them authority as an identity in avoiding people. He also said the government has invested in a leather factory in Karanga Prison in Kilimanjaro region so the investment should bring positive results in the leather sector.
A participant in the training from ACE factory Godson Shayo said the government’s approach to skin management will bring productivity and results to be seen.
On the part of the Skin Inspector from Ilala Municipality Khalifa Kondo said the training is very important.
Assistant Director of Livestock Products, Food Security and Nutrition at the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Gabriel Bura speaking during the Opening of the Skin Brokers Training held in Dar es Salaam.
Ngozib Director Adviser Emmanuel Muyinga giving a briefing on the leather bridging process in a leather bracing training course held in Dar es Salaam.
ACE Skin Reformer Training Participant Training Award Godson Shayo talks about the importance of the training and how it will bring positive results.