Ruangwa producers sensitised on standards, markets

04Dec 2019
Felix Andrew
The Guardian
Ruangwa producers sensitised on standards, markets

ENTREPRENEURS in Ruangwa have been sensitised on various issues regarding standards and steps to be taken to reach local and foreign markets.

Sensitisation education was provided by officials from Tanzania Bureau of Standards during celebrations of Women’s day in Tanzania which took place in Ruangwa district, Lindi region.

Participants got a chance to showcase various goods which are manufactured by women entrepreneurs where they met with various officials from government institutions, private sector and other stakeholders.

Speaking at the event, the TBS marketing officer Rhoda Mayugu, said apart from educating producers, they used the opportunity to explain new roles which were earlier done by the former TFDA.

“We have informed them on the free opportunity available at the bureau for small and medium entrepreneurs which aiming at improving their products so that they can compete at any market”, she said

She said they told producers ,distributors and the public in general on establishment of customer service desk at TBS   where they can forward complaints , advice and recommendations through electronic mail or toll free call.

Earlier, while opening the exhibition, deputy minister for Industry and Trade Eng Stella Manyanya said she was happy with steps taken to sensitise women using various business opportunities available in their areas to create and develop industries in Tanzania.

She said that the exhibition would enable participants to identify and use effectively various opportunities available at national, zonal and international levels.

 "This exhibition and celebrations has become part of source of information to get various trainings that would empower women and make them contribute to  the economic development of the country," she added.

She said the government understands that women are catalyst of national economic development  and they play a big role in contribution to the gross domestic product.

Eng Manyanya counseled women in the country to participate and join efforts to establish new business and industries by using available resources.

“Creativity and good use of business opportunities is one of tools that would generate good producers to enable women participate fully in industrial economy, which is the main objective of fifth-phase government,” she said.

She appealed to exhibition participants to use the opportunity to expand their market linkage with other stakeholders.

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