The Moroccan government is committed to the leather supply chain. First it has announced an industrial cluster in the Fez area as part of an investment program also in favour of traditional companies in the Kingdom. Then they launched a campaign to avoid the waste of tanning raw hides during the Feast of the Sacrifice, which will take place in 2019 between August the 11th and the 15th.
The sum allocated by Rabat for the construction of a leather technology cemtre, the technological and instrumental upgrade of the already active tanneries and the completion of the new 6 buildings district, amount to 172 million dirhams (just under 16 million euros). According to international press, the Fez Chamber of Commerce and Handicraft is also involved in the activities.
Say no to waste
In the meantime, the State Secretariat for Development is launching an awareness campaign for slaughter practices during the Feast of Sacrifice (Id al-adha). Particular attention is given, for the first time according to medias24.com, to the theme of preservation of animal hides. The Moroccan government is asking citizens to protect leathers, so as to be reusable by the tanning industry. To date, the media report, 85% of leathers are wasted, for a damage of 70 million dirhams (about 6.4 million euros). Not just communication. The State Secretariat will set up a service in four cities (Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh and Rabat) with private partners for the selection and collection of tanning raw hides.
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