Speaking at John Mwakangale agricultural exhibition grounds in Mbeya, Pinda said more should be done to ensure that SMEs are supported to meet their goals.
He congratulated farmers in southern highlands for their decision to add value to their crops urging them to visit TBS offices for certification.
Pinda said officials from the bureau must avoid bureaucracy which could hinder the growth of Small and Medium entrepreneurs.
“I have visited your stalls and I’m happy for the development reached in processing foods and packaging materials. What you lack is a mark of quality standards”, he said
Pinda said SMEs must be supported in order to realise their dreams and that of President John Magufuli in industrial drive.
Speaking at SAGCOT stall within the grounds the TBS quality assurance officer, Yekonia Sanga, told SMEs that the decision by government to assign new roles from the former TFDA would reduce challenges facing them.
He said from now onwards, SMEs who want to conduct food business will have to forward their requests to the bureau.”We will inspect the building immediately and issue a licence if you meet the requirements, he said.
He added that for the new small and medium entrepreneurs will continue to certify their products free of charge for three years , but they have to channel their requests through SIDO.
For her part, Rhoda Mayugu, the TBS marketing officer said they participated in this year’s exhibition in Mbeya to educate producers on various issues related to standards.
She said they also used the opportunity to inform them on the new roles assigned from TFDA and free services that available for SMEs to enable them compete at any markets.
The one week exhibition which attracted farmers, manufacturers from Mbeya Iringa, Ruvuma and Rukwa regions was opened by Ruvuma Regional Commissioner Christina Mndeme.