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All leather-producing countries face different challenges regarding the quality of raw material in the leather value chain. One factor they all have in common is that hides and skins are a by-product of the food industry, and livestock is reared to produce the best meat and/or milk yield, not the best leather. That said, East African tanneries can derive optimal economic value from proper management of hides and skins. SITA has produced a manual, tailored to the East African context, to guide tanneries on how to maximize the pre-tanning quality of hides and skins.

SITA’s manual on maximizing the quality of hides and skins maps out raw material factors that commonly occur pre-tannery, which affect the overall quality of leather produced post-tanning. The main steps for consideration are:

  • How to improve care of the animal during its life (improved animal husbandry);
  • Animal slaughter and removal of the hide/skin as carried out by trained operatives;
  • How to suitably transport hides/skins;
  • How to effectively preserve raw hides/skins.

Read the manual here.

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