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Manufacturer Wants Ban on Raw Hides Exportation

Suresh (right) explains to minister of trade, Mark Katsonga Phiri (center) Suresh (right) explains to minister of trade, Mark Katsonga Phiri (center) - pic by Eamon Piringu

A Leather manufacturing company, Trogon Trading Limited, has pleaded with government to impose restrictions on exportation of unprocessed animal hides, saying it is affecting their production as they are forced import raw materials from other countries.

Director of Operations at the company, Mohan Suresh was speaking on Thursday as Minister of trade and industry, Mark Katsonga Phiri paid a visit to the Liwonde based company.

Suresh says they are surprised with the way exportation licenses of animal skins are issued despite having leather manufacturing companies in the country who are desperately failing to meet demands due to unavailability of raw materials in the country.

"It's high time government took a leading role in banning all the exportation business of unprocessed animal business because we are struggling to access the material locally," said Suresh.

Phiri said in response that he will engage ministries of agriculture and homeland security to map the way forward on imports and exports in the industry, same as on internal purchase of boots for the country's security agencies.

"It doesn't make sense to me to have these companies here and yet government is important the same product which is in demand locally. They have given me a task which I will be meeting my fellow ministries to map the way forward," said Katsonga.

According to the United Nations, in 2019 Malawi Exports of raw hides and skins and leather to United Kingdom alone was estimated at US$4.67 Thousand.

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