A number of tanners who have opted for automation systems on a large scale have found that increased output and quality, together with savings in time and materials (e.g. water and chemicals), have paid for the cost of such systems.
First part of the five stage training programme in Kanpur Leather Development Project is to provide on-site training at tannery shop floor level to supervisors, tanners, owner-managers on cleaner technologies, by an International Expert – Cleaner Tanning Technologies, Mr. Patrick Zerhusen.
UNIDO in cooperation with Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), Mwanza Campus and Leather Association of Tanzania (LAT) organized an expert group meeting on “Knowledge Management Systems in Education and Training in the Leather Value Chain”.
Price of one pair is 3,000 TNS approx. 1.5 USD. From one old tyre is possible to generate approx. 100-150 USD value in slippers which provides income opportunity for 10 - 15 small cobblers engaged in production. This is creative way to reuse old tyres into useful affordable product.
While UNIDO is not an educational institution, and main aim is technology transfer, supplementary training and capacity building tailored to specific needs of local counterparts of different backgrounds is an essential part of technology transfer.
In the 1990s a large tannery cluster Kasur using very simple technologies were keen to produce some finished leather; many of those involved had neither seen a modern tannery nor finishing equipment in operation.
The region that today encompasses Somaliland was home to the earliest civilization in the region. The most salient feature of this ancient civilization is thought to be the Laas Geel Neolithic cave paintings, which are among the oldest such rock art in Africa.