SMEs sensitized on means to access quality mark

22Jan 2020
Felix Andrew
The Guardian
SMEs sensitized on means to access quality mark

MORE than 1,800 students in primary and secondary schools in Urambo district, Tabora region have been sensitized on various issues regarding standards.

Speaking during sensitisation campaign, a marketing officer with Tanzania Bureau of Standards, Rhoda Mayugu, said they have also sensitized entrepreneurs on procedures of obtaining a quality mark from TBS.

She said officials from the organisation have sensitized 920 secondary students, 978 primary school pupils, 400 citizens and 45 entrepreneurs  in Urambo district.

The campaign was conducted in public areas such as markets, auction and bus stands within Urambo district.

Apart from sensitisation, she said TBS officials also informed Small and Medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) on its roles.

She said after sensitization, they have found out that most entrepreneurs do not understand procedures of getting quality mark license from TBS.

She said they informed them on the procedures to follow since the license is provided free of charge under special programme where all costs are paid by the government.

“This is one of opportunities issued by our organisation, they are certifying their goods for three years without any payment, the main aim is to expand market of their products and remove trade barriers,” she said.

She urged entrepreneurs to take advantage of this opportunity and channel their application through Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO).

TBS as an enabling institution is there to certify their goods free of charge it is much better to do so in order to avoid stumbling blocks in local and foreign markets, Mayugu said.

According to her, most entrepreneurs pledged to embark on a process to certify their goods after the sensitization campaign ended.

In another development, TBS officials also educated citizens on the new changes of 2019 financial Act which gave the organisation new roles which were earlier done by TFDA.

 TBS assumed the roles of food and cosmetics which were earlier done by the then Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA)

Most citizens were happy with the decision taken by TBS to sensitise them at district level, they suggested similar exercises to be taken at ward level in order to  reach many people.