Ewaso Ngiro Tannery is one step away from reaching its maximum production capacity. The tannery in which Kenya’s government invested 1.5 billion Shillings (about 12.4 million euro), is now working at “89% capacity”, reads an article from local press following a visit by national authorities. There is however faith that, once sourcing mechanisms have been set up with local livestock farmers, the last 11% can be implemented in a short period of time.
During fiscal year 21/22, Ewaso Ngiro Tannery produced 640,000 square feet of finished leather (about 60,000 square meters). The stated goal is to reach 800,000 square feet (74,000 square meters). At the moment the tannery that opened in 2019 and employs 90 people, only works on bovine hides. The key to success is the progress of talks with livestock farmers (usually managing small groups in the country).
Discussions within the chain
That why the tannery, created by the Ewaso Ngiro South Development Authority (ENSDA), has initiated a partnership with KMC, Kenya Meat Commission. The difficulties in reaching full capacity are tied to the shortcomings of the sourcing process. The mission of the collaboration is, first and foremost, make livestock farmers understand the economic advantage tied to the sale of hides to the tannery. Especially for the units slaughtered even if the meat isn’t sold (as it happens during periods of drought). Another goal is communicating the need to trat the animals in a way fit for the tanning segment, like avoiding brandings, for example.
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