The leather industry in Kenya is set to benefit from the construction of a Tannery and Leather Factory at Ewaso Ngiro area in Narok South writes Kevin Bogita of the Kenya News Agency.
Livestock farmers within Narok, Nakuru, Bomet, Migori, South Nyanza and Northern Tanzania as well as other parts of the country will benefit from the project by selling animal skins at the tannery after slaughtering their animals.
The Mega Tannery and Leather Factory construction that is still ongoing is estimated to cost over Sh. 1.4 billion when complete with phase one of the project that involved the construction and installment of the machines to the tannery at a cost of Sh. 900 Million being complete and operational.
The project which is funded by the government at a cost of over Sh. 1.4 billion through Ewaso Ngiro South Development Authority (ENSDA) is now partly operational and is awaiting official commissioning.
The project will create 300 jobs directly and a further 10,000 indirectly and help create wealth for the local communities after the completion of the tannery processing plant in Narok becomes fully operational.
The development of tannery processing plant in Narok is set to become a major economic boost to the country and improve the living standards of livestock rearing communities in the region due to its strategic location to the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
Benefits to livestock farmers
Livestock farmers in Narok and the entire South Rift can now sigh with relief after a Tannery and Leather Factory that was under construction at Ewaso -Nyiro area in Narok County started its operations, albeit on pilot basis.
The Ewaso Ngiro South Development Authority (ENSDA) Acting Managing Director Engineer Peter Bwogero says the factory is currently doing 4,000 tons of hides and skins per year at this stage and has currently employed close to100 people but will employ 300 people when fully operational.
It will be able to process over two million tons of hides and skins yearly when fully operational.
“We have a big demand for leather products in this country, in Western region alone, we have a shortage of over 40 million pairs of footwear alone and we are targeting this region,” he said.