The Leather industry in India accounts for around 13% of the world's leather production of hides/skins and handles a robust annual output of about 3 billion sq. ft. of leather. In addition, 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 abundant raw materials with access to 20% of the world's cattle and buffalo and 11% of the world's goat and sheep population. The Leather industry is an employment-intensive industry providing jobs to more than 4 million people, mainly from the weaker sections of the society. Women employment is predominant in the 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.
For every $0.2 million invested in the leather business, 250 jobs are created.
The industry employs 4.4 mn people in India.
Leather garments exports
Finished leather exports
2nd largest producer of footwear and leather garments in the world
2nd largest exporter of leather garments in the world
5th largest exporter of leather goods & accessories in the world
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