The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KNCCI) directors have issued a call to pastoralist communities, urging them to capitalize on the vast potential of the leather industry as a means to generate wealth and improve livelihoods.

During a visit to the Ewaso Nyiro leather industry located in Narok South Sub County, Abdillahi Abdi Hersi, the North Eastern Region Director of KNCCI, highlighted the significant economic opportunity presented by the leather sector. Hersi emphasized that the leather industry in Africa annually generates up to USD 100 billion, a potential that Kenya should harness to bolster the economy of pastoralist communities.

Expressing readiness for collaboration, Hersi stated that KNCCI is prepared to partner with the facility to enhance the production of leather products in order to meet the rising market demand. He underscored the need for sensitization and capacity building initiatives among herding communities to fully exploit this potential and elevate the value of Kenya’s leather in the global market.

Stanley Baskwony, the North Rift NCCI director, emphasized the importance of fostering public-private partnerships to drive increased production at the leather factory. He stressed that the success of the leather industry relies on the collective efforts of all stakeholders, including the business community and government.

Ngala Oloitipitip, the Chief Executive Officer of Ewaso Nyiro South Development Agency (ENSDA), urged farmers to organize into groups and register with the organization to streamline the selling process of their leather products to the factory. Oloitipitip highlighted the significance of this registration process in facilitating seamless purchase and payment procedures for farmers, encouraging them to refrain from discarding skins and hides when slaughtering animals.

Furthermore, the CEO advised farmers to abstain from branding their animals on the skin, as it diminishes the quality of leather products. The Ewaso Nyiro leather industry, with an initial investment of Sh. 1 billion, commenced operations five years ago and is poised to catalyze transformation within pastoralist communities by enhancing returns from livestock sales.

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