Adhere to requirements or be ready to close shops

19Aug 2019
Felix Andrew
The Guardian
Adhere to requirements or be ready to close shops

IRON bar manufacturers in the country have been directed to stick  to production requirements that would enable their goods to access markets, or be ready to  be remove from the market sfor failure to do so.

IRON bar.

Speaking at ongoing inspection at Kawe  in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam  ,  quality assurance officer   from Tanzania Bureau of Standards, Eng Nyabuchweza Methusel, appealed to manufacturers to make sure that their products  show  the name of manufacturer , thickness and length of   every iron bar they manufactured.

He said the move would help officials from TBS  to  take measures in case some iron bars had   any defects.

“We have to take immediate measures in order to prevent   collapse of buildings which might happen due to the use of substandard iron bars, “he added.

For his part, a senior inspector at the Bureau , Donald Manyama, said they are planning  to conduct a countrywide crackdown  to  all iron bar manufacturers  to see whether they meet the required standards.

He said already such crackdown operations  had been conducted in various areas in Dar es Salaam

According to him, they have visited traders at Kigamboni, Kariakoo, Mbagala and Buguruni areas.

Manyama explained that in Dar es Salaam they found most of iron bars did not meet the required specifications particularly in  the required length.

Explaining, he said  the length of iron bar should  be between  38, or 40 feet  .But they have found that there are many  of them   of 37.6 or 39.7 feet long   which is wrong and loss to the consumer.

The official said they would contact  the manufacturers to rectify the errors, or take stern measures for those who would defy the  directives.

He urged manufacturers to abide by the regulations and requirements of  manufacturing iron bars.

All iron bars have been graded, they ranges from 300, 350, 400 , 450 and 500 grades.

He urged consumers to look for the grade and length of the iron bars before they purchase them  and start construction works.

According to him, failure to do so would led  cracks   and damaging   their houses or structures.

He counseled people who engaged in construction works  to get advice on quality materials from recognised institutions.

He asked Tanzanians who purchase construction materials   to understand their grades in order to have permanent structures.

Manyama  insisted local manufacturers to continue improving their goods in order to fetch markets beyond Tanzania.

“Manufacturers have a great role to play in improvement of our economy thus they need to enable our country export more,” he explained.

He noted that TBS will continue to provide  public education awareness to the entire manufacturers on the best practices governing the production of sensitive products like iron bars.

He said quality certification institutions play a crucial role for the development of local industries and government collect revenues for the development of Tanzania.

He added that Tanzania has decided to go  for industrial economy few years to come so all manufacturers have  to support the government by  producing  quality  goods which can be  sold  at any markets in Tanzania and beyond  the borders.

Standards Act No. 2 of 2009 states clearly that TBS is mandated to promote standards, and in doing so it cannot compromise quality.

The act empowers them to suspend production or importation of any goods which do not follow required procedures.