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Leather Industry and Business

Uganda has a relatively large livestock population of 12.1 million cattle and 3.6 million sheep and 13.2million goats (UBOS Statistics Abstract 2011), providing a healthy base for the meat industry and the other sub sectors. Favorable climatic conditions with two main rainy seasons, endows the country with a high livestock carrying capacity. According to a study done in Ethiopia, for every US$ 1 of raw hides, there is an equivalent of US$ 3 for finished leather and US$12 for finished product

Uganda's leather industry is still in its infancy stage of development characterised by poor production and lack of value addition. It is estimated that in the financial year 2008/9, Uganda lost revenue equivalent to US$ 249.7 million by exporting of raw hides.

Over 90% of leather products are imported, despite the huge potential in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African region. Of the 25million pairs of shoes annually demanded in Uganda, 1 million are produced locally and the 24 million are imported mainly from Europe, North America and Asia.

Hides from Uganda are naturally of high quality, texture and heavy substance, making them suitable for the production of excellent leather products.

To drive transformative skills, knowledge, technology, innovation, SMEs (Small-Medium Enterprises) and services into the meat industry and in partnerships, continuously improve production, health, employment, community well-being and economic growth.

The specific objectives of this programme are;

  1. To produce graduates with skills in hides and skin flaying, handling, grading and preservation, wet blue leather production, leather shoe making, leather bags and briefcase making, wallets and other leather products making.
  2. To contribute to the development and transformation of the underutilized leather production sector. 
  3. To produce skilled graduates who are job creators in leather related enterprises.


Program offered:

  • Artisan skills certificate
  • Ordinary skills certificate
  • Ordinary skills diploma

Minimum Programme Duration: Two years for ordinary certificates and two years for diplomas.

Target group: Those interested in building attractive industrial, business, professional and service careers in the Leather industry.

Minimum Entry Requirements
  • For artisan skills development certificate, the minimum is a school leaver with a good grade.
  • For professional skills qualification (ordinary certificate and ordinary diploma), the minimum is an ordinary level certificate.
  • Graduates of tertiary institutions and farmers are encouraged to apply because this program is designed to nurture skills, employment and enterprises for all.
  • O-level certificate entrants will undertake a bridging course when proceeding from diploma to degree level.

This programme offers work opportunities as one or more of the following;

  1. Flayer technician
  2. Professional animal transporter and marketer
  3. Hides and skins grading technician
  4. Hides and skins preservation technician
  5. Hides and skins grading technician
  6. Hides and skins processing technician
  7. Ladies shoe technician
  8. Children shoe technician
  9. Men’s shoe technician
  10. Leather sandals technician
  11. Leather Sole producer
  12. Ladies bags technician
  13. Big bags technician
  14. Leather briefcase technician
  15. Wallet and key holder technician
  16. Leather instruments and equipments technician
  17. Leather products quality systems manager / inspector
  18. Army and industrial boots

Further Information
Visit the AFRISA Secretariat in the Veterinary Complex, Makerere University Main Campus.
Call +256-312 514 068 / +256-414-554 685 or send an email to <info@afrisa.org>

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