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The massive consumption of cattle hides, commonly called ‘pomo’ or ‘kanda,’ in the country is said to be destroying the hides and skin industry where Nigeria has the potential to earn millions of dollars annually in foreign exchange.
Nigeria’s hides and skins production, centred in Kano State, is said to be the largest in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region, with a total population of over 245 million people and an economic growth of 6–7% annually.
This was revealed in July by Adeniyi Agunbiade, a professor of animal nutrition and feed technology, and is also the vice chancellor of McPherson University, Seriki-Sotayo, Ogun State, a tertiary institution owned by the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria.
Agunbiade said that Nigeria, although was able to earn foreign exchange from the sale and export of hides and skins, but the country was miles away from playing in the global market estimated to be worth over $72 billion.
He said an expected expansion in the country’s leather industry would depend largely on the recovery of hides and skins of the farming stock, much of which is currently being consumed nationwide as ‘pomo.’
He advocated stopping of animal skin (pomo) consumption in order to save the country’s hides and skins industry.