Chairman of the Leather Industries Development Corporation of India’s Andhra Pradesh State (LIDCAP), Kakumanu Rajasekhar annoucned that plans are underway to set up an international leather park on a 500 acre plot in the state. The Chairman said several foreign companies were showing keen interest for the setting up of the leather park and that the LIDCAP will use it to help struggling communities bounce back following five hard years. The people of these communities have been consistently looked over when it comes to sanctioning loans, he pointed out.
Though there are already training centres in the district, the LIDCAP has no involvement in any of the programmes. Several programmes are also being planned to develop the Andhra Pradesh leather industry. He said that Andhra Pradesh was the only state where raw material is abundantly available and several organisations and families are seeking livelihood dependent upon the leather industry. The irony is due to lack of proper encouragement the industries are on the verge of closure. He offered his assurances that the necessary cooperation to revive them will be given.