Assessing The Production And Marketing Of Hides And Skins From Northern Kenya PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 August 2011 08:07
Kagunyu, A.1* Ngari, E2.,  Matiri, F3 Mbindyo J,2, Koila E.,2          

1 Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, P.O. Box 147-60500, Marsabit, Kenya

2 Ministry of Livestock Developments, P.O. Box XXXX

3 Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, P.O. Box 27 – 60100, Embu, Kenya

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Abstract

The leather industry is one of the key agricultural sub-sectors in Kenya and has a high potential towards commodity development that addresses pertinent issues of socio economic importance and positively impacts on rural development in creating employment (Mwinyihija 2009).  The bulk of hides and skins come from Northern Kenya and it has been observed that the full potential of hides and skins from the ASALs has not been exploited (Wayua and Kagunyu 2008). This led to the need for KARI/ KASAL to come up with this study whose objectives were to establish the production status, to identify the key constraints and to explore opportunities for overcoming the identified constraints along hides and skins value chain. This study took place in six districts of Northern Kenya. Data collection techniques applied included; Semi - structured questionnaires, key informants and direct observation. Quantitative data was analysed through the application of SPSS software and it was presented in frequencies and percentages.

Results of this study indicated that most producers used sun drying methods i.e ground drying and suspension drying to cure their hides and skins. The result further showed that knowledge on wet salting was limited among the producers.  It was revealed that both traders and producers were benefiting from hides and skins trade, as there were some individuals who were getting monthly income ranging from Kshs10, 000 – Ksh 50,000.  It also came out clearly that prices of wet salted hides and skins were better than for sun dried.   KARI/KASAL had addressed some of the constraints which were associated with poor quality of hides and skins in Northern Kenya through trainings of community based trainers.
 
   

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