Kenya leather industry imports expected to rise at the end of 2019 third quarter

By Mutabazi Abdul 

The government can capture 15 to 20 per cent for value addition generated from rawhide and skins to finished products locally against foreign exportation.

Speaking after touring the Ewaso Nyiro, Tannery and Leather Industry Cabinet Secretary Industrialization Adan Mohammed revealed that the 1 billion worth of facility which is among the biggest leather industries countrywide can turn 250 to 300 hides daily into finished leather for consumption.

According to data published by the Kenya Bureau of Statistics importation of leather products stood at 9 billion in 2013, but since his take over as industrialization CS, the imports rose to 35 billion by 2016 and is expected to rise at the end of 2019 third quarter.