BAUCHI – The Federal Government on Wednesday said it had trained 30 leather dealers in Bauchi State on hides and skin preservation.
Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf, the Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the state, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi.
He said the training was part of efforts by the government to strengthen leather business under its Special Leather Value Chain Initiative.
He said the ministry would soon commence distribution of industrial salt at subsidised rate to 500 registered leather dealers in the state.
The director also said that each of the dealers would get five bags of 50 kilogrammes of the commodity.
According to him, the salt will help in preserving large quantity of leather before delivery to tanneries for processing. [eap_ad_1] He said the training was designed to equip beneficiaries with needed techniques on how to efficiently and effectively apply the salt to achieve maximum result.
The director said the measure would improve quality and quantity of leather production, processing and export to attract more foreign exchange.
“One of the goals of leather value chain initiative is to increase production of finished leather by 50 per cent.
“It will also reduce importation of finished leather product by 10 per cent and encourage private sector investment in the sub-sector.
“With effective leather and skin preservation techniques, processing, production and trading, leather industry will experience a boost,‘’ Yusuf said. (NAN)