This is the amount equivalent to the annual loss of the tannery industry for about 19 years now in the Great North. In the northern region, more than 2,000 people work in the tannery and leather industry. The illegal exportation is killing different units of transformation of the skin.
This leads to a financial loss in these industries specialized in skin modernization. As the future of these companies was threatened, the authorities decided to close the doors. Worse, the state responds to absent subscribers.
“People prefer to order products made in China, which are often not of so good quality, even though a better quality products can be made locally. Worse, while we lack government support, our Moroccan, Nigerian, Kenyan and Ethiopian opponents are supported by their states. In these conditions, we can not be assessed the same “
Deplores Mohamadou Bamanga, head of a tannery in Garoua.
With the unavailability on the market of the raw materials that are hide for other markets, the tannery industry of the North has difficulty taking off in its quest for modernization. Some tanneries that were built by the authorities have no serious and objective economic evaluation. Despite many difficulties, the tannery industry in its traditional form shows resistance. Craftsmen use rudimentary materials that seriously affect the commands.
In the Far North, insecurity and lack of water are pointed at but the situation remains worrisome. Whether it is Notacam, Tatcam, Padey woila, Samara Ouro, all have eyes riveted to the government waiting for a possible help. For now, the outward flight to explore new markets is perceptible.
“I collect the skins to sell in Bafoussam, Bamenda, Nigeria. Customers often buy them for consumption and others for leather processing in shoes manufacturing. But it is in Nigeria and Niger that we sell the most skins collected in the region, “
explains Oumarou Boubary, a cattle skin collector for 20 years in Garoua.
The lack of skins processing plants and the lack of local initiatives to develop this industrial raw material is a shortcoming for the northern region’s economy.
“It’s unfortunate that we see tons of skins bought and loaded in trucks take the lead in other markets, whereas ours are lacking of this same raw material,”
says Souley Goni, a senior official of the regional livestock, fisheries and animal of the North.