Principal Secretary SDL, Harry Kimtai, today officially opened Hides, Skins and Leather development stakeholders meeting held at Galian Hotel in Machakos. PS Harry, in his remarks said that the hides and skins of an animal be taken care of while the animal is alive and this can be done by observing good husbandry through proper deiting and cleansing of the animal, He said that in cleansing of animal, underdosing contributes more to ticks becoming resistant to most of the acaricides, thereby leading to poor hide substance and skins. PS advised all stakeholders present in the meeting to take heed of using the meat inspectors for both meat inspection and hides and skins improvement. He added that the entire quality of hides and skins would always depend on animal nutrition, control of ecto-parasitic diseases, adoption of starndadised flaying procedures and proper storage techniques. He was accompanied by steam of senior officers SDL among them, Dr Christopher Wanga.
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