India is the world’s 2nd largest footwear producer
SNAPSHOT World’s tannery The Leather industry in India accounts for around 12.9% of the world’s leather production of hides/skins and handles a robust annual production of about 3 bn sq. ft. of leather. The country accounts for 9% of the world’s footwear production.
The industry is known for its consistency in high export earnings and it is among the top ten foreign exchange earners for the country. India has an abundance of raw materials with access to 20% of world’s cattle and buffalo and 11% of the world’s goat and sheep population. The Leather industry is an employment intensive industry providing job to more than 4 mn people, mostly from the weaker sections of the society.
Women employment is predominant in Leather products industry with about 30% share. The Leather industry in India has one of the youngest workforces with 55% of the workforce below 35 years of age. The Leather industry has the tendency to generate 250 jobs for every $ 0.2 mn investment.