Khartoum – “Encouragement to improve value strategy of Sudanese leather and carry it out via ministries of Animal wealth and Industry in cooperating with the Private sector” , announced by general director of the National Center for Leather Improvement Dr. Rquia Osman and she affirmed to put preamble “ made in Sudan” on the exported manufactured goods. In Sudan there are about 190 Slaughterhouse in a range production estimate of 32 million stock of slaughter animals which they are collecting from about 121 agency and store widespread allover Sudan.
Leather Sector is the Second after meats exporting in providing hard currency and achieving Added Value to the National Economy. In a workshop holed recent on Reality and Future of Leather , Dr. Ruqia said in her paper that leather classify according to quality and the kind of leather. Raw leather divides from First class to 4 class while Tanned leather has 6 categories . Quality of leather defines via regular shape of leather , be free from any natural, mechanical defaults, or store -damage and according to conditions of specified standard, price could determine in markets.
Among total of the slaughter product , 81% is the rate of leather production while Loss is 19%, or about 6 million piece while losses in cow’s leather is 100% due to ignorance with its necessity and economic value Dr. Ruqia said , adding there are a lot of chances to increase production and to improve productivity due to Availability of raw leather and its preferential advantages in addition of variety in kind.
There are Centers of researches and Training that relates to industry and production of leather afford to local and international markets beside to adopt Sudanese high standards to control management of leather production and laws of organize process of tanned leather. It export either as raw material of leather or Semi-Tanned leather. Some Slaughterhouses began recently trade of leather via exporting Tanned leather to international markets in Turkey, Italy, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria, India and Nigeria , the Dr. Ruqia told in her paper .
Value Strategy of Sudanese Leather contributed largely to upturn Added Value of the Sudanese Products and promote leather industries in addition to reduce import of leather industries. The Strategy concentrate on providing good raw materials of leather and qualifying and training the labor force in the Sudanese Tanneries, beside importing modern Input of production in this sector to progress the national industry and compete in the international markets.
Experts in leather field called and encouraged to improve policies of these sector and adopt a matrix of programs and projects to conduct studies and specialized courses in leather field in production areas and to utilize from experiences of some countries like Ethiopia and Kenya and particularized organizations as COMICA and UNIDO . As well as the strategy pointed to importance of develop these industry to be more attractive for investors , so in turn provide more opportunities of work and Added value.
The Laws only, not enough , but also coordination between all concerned bodies and attract foreign investment to support the Sudanese Private sector , All that , is required to leather sector the experts said and added campaigns of awareness to workers in Tanneries and people to follow the correct methods of treating with leather to avoid damages and provide good quality of raw material leather for industry because Sudan loss a lot because of exporting only tanned leather.
The experts encouraged Sudanese Private sector to turn actively toward leather sector and called governmental concerned bodies to eliminate obstacles of industry in leather sector as reducing fees and taxes. They noted that Khartoum state is the biggest in consuming meats , so large quantities of leather should be affordable for leather industry which became more desired allover the world countries and realize high rate of benifits.
Coming August, Products and Leather Industries Exhibition will organize by Centers of Research and Industries Consolations and participation of local and foreign companies to promote production of leather industries and strengthen the consumer s confidence in `Sudanese local leather industries adjacent connect the Sudanese producers with their counterparts in other states to exchange experiences in the field of leather industry.
Under Secretary of industry ministry Blal Al-mubarak asserted on integration of roles between all concerned bodies in leather sector and leather products. On his part, member of Leather and Leather Industries Chamber Hashem Hamza said “it is good chance to focus on situations of leather industry and solve problems face the sector to contribute in enhancing the Sudanese economy