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Harini Biotech Chemicals Manufacturing Company revealed that it has submitted a request to the Ethiopian Investment Agency (EIA) in the form of proposal, for 100 hectares of plot in Sendafa area 39 kilometers North West of Addis Ababa in Oromia special zone for the plantation and cultivation of the Aloe Vera plant, from which organic enzymes are emitted to be used in leather and textile inputs.
Aloe Vera, also called a medicinal aloe is a special succulent plant which probably originated in North Africa and can be used for a variety of purposes. The company currently collects wild Aloe Vera from farmers.
Durairaj Jothi, Project Development Manager at Harini said Sendafa was selected because of good weather conditions for producing Aloe Vera plant and its proximity to Addis Ababa and the factories which may need the product.
Durairaj also said as data from the Ethiopian Leather Industries Association (ELIA) shows leather factories are importing 300 million birr worth of chemicals annually.
“We estimate if all our factories are making use of our products it may reduce up to 80 million birr for imported chemicals annually while for the textile because the usage of chemicals is relatively smaller, up to 25 million birr will be saved in foreign exchange currency,” Durairaj told Capital.
Durairaj further said the chemicals that are to be used on leather for the tanning process isn’t going to be used in the finishing process, while textiles are used in the chemical processing side after making the fabric before and after the dyeing process.
Durairaj, a veteran in textile technology has 32 years experience in teaching, research, consultancy among other things, came to Ethiopia more than a decade ago to work as a lecturer in Bahir Dar University Textile Engineering Department.