Two hundred skin buyers in Bauchi will benefit from the leather value chain initiative, Malam Mohammed Yusuf, the Director, Bauchi State Green House of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said on Monday.
Yusuf told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi that the initiative was among the Federal Government’s special Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme.
He explained that under the leather scheme, each registered leather buyer would receive 10 bags of 50 kg industrial salt at 50 per cent discount.
Yusuf said that each beneficiary was expected to pay N28,000 for the 10 bags at N2,800 per bag, which was 50 per cent of the market price of N5,600 per bag,
He said that the Federal Government would pay the remaining 50 per cent.
The director said the intervention had become necessary to ensure that all raw materials, especially animal skin from the livestock industry were not wasted due to poor preservation.
He explained that the industrial salt would enable the buyers to preserve large quantity of leather before taking them to the tanneries for further processing.
The Federal government has observed the lack of effective leather preservation technique and affordability of industrial salt needed to preserve animal skin.
It was further observed that a lot of the skins are being consumed as the local ‘’kpomo’’ delicacy.
“This development has deprived livestock dealers huge amount of income that would have been generated from the sale of the skin and also denied the leather industry access to raw materials.’’
He said it was in a bid to turn things around that the Federal Government introduced the leather value chain initiative, to support the skin buyers.
He said that the beneficiaries would also be trained on how to efficiently and effectively apply the industrial salt to achieve maximum result.
According to him, the initiative, when fully implemented, will ensure that the potential of the livestock industry is optimally exploited.
Yusuf said because the livestock industry provided beef, hides and skin, milk and other valuable raw materials, the need to strengthen it for better performance could not be over emphasised.
This is the first time the scheme will be rolled out in Bauchi among 12 other states selected to benefit from the programme.
The intervention will ensure that every aspect of the industry from the beef dealers, skin buyers and others are adequately supported to maximise the exploitation of animal resources,’’ the director said. (NAN)