By Azania Post Reporter
BABATI residents in Manyara region Northen Tanzania have been encouraged to report to government authorities in case they meet substandard products in their areas.
This was said yesterday by the Senior Marketing Manager of Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), Gladness Kaseka, during awareness campaign which was conducted in the district.
She said the campaign has aimed to educate public on various activities including to how to report about substandard products.
She said the two day campaign conducted in the area attracted more than 300 people including entrepreneurs, secondary school students and general public.
According to her standard body officials have educated public on procedures used to certify quality of products as a results.
She said awareness campaign plays a crucial role to the Kibondo residents particularly manufacturers since most of them do not understand procedures to be followed in order to secure certificate of quality assurance from TBS .
She said the standard body would continue educating SMEs on importance of quality mark and ways to get it for the purpose of market penetration of their goods outside the country.
Every year the government set aside substantial amount of money which is spent to support SMEs who intend to get quality mark for free, she said.
According to her all SMEs that want to get support have to route their application through Small Industries Development Organisation.
“This organisation knows them better and it provides training prior to applying for the certification from us, it is better they go there first,” she noted.
SMEs are exempted from paying fees related to certification because of their low financial base, hence it is the intention of the government to see that small producers are enabled to sell their products anywhere in the world.
She promised that TBS will strive to safeguard the Tanzania market by ensuring that substandard products from abroad will not be allowed to enter the local market.
On her part a resident identified as Janet Paresso,said standard awareness education should be sustainable in order to reach more people and commended TBS for doing the job at district level.
She urged Tanzanians to use quality approved products for the benefits of their health and nation’s development.