The director of technical services division at the Weight and Measures Agency (WMA) Stella Kahwa told journalists yesterday that the role played by Weight and Measures in building a strong industrial economy cannot be underestimated.
She gave an example of various sectors such as agriculture where she said failure to enforce the use of laws and regulations governing weight and measures is depriving farmers of their right to profits from their agricultural produce.
“We know that an industrialised economy is based on production of law materials therefore if all the products that are manufactured are not properly weighed and measured they cannot compete on the international market,” she said.
The press conference was held to mark the World Metrology Day, an annual celebration of the signature of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875 by representatives of seventeen nations.
The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal applications.
WMA which has existed for decades is mandated to ensure the legal provisions - set out in the law on measurements and weights - are adhered to.
However, available studies show that WMA does not have the capacity to make sure that the law is adhered to due to financial and working constraints.
This week WMA has managed to inspect more than 108,000 water meters for standards since the beginning operations of a centre for inspection of vehicles at Misugusugu in the Coast region.
The agency is also set to start measuring electricity meters on behalf of the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco).