Local food processors and entrepreneurs have been challenged to come up with plans that would make them sustain their businesses.
This was said in Dar es Salaam at weekend by the Dar es Salaam Regional Secretary, Theresia Mbando, when closing a five-day food processing and soap making for entrepreneurs’ meeting which was organised by the Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO).
She said such plans would enable them to understand the direction of their business and therefore rescue them from collapse.
She said entrepreneurs and food processors need to plan their businesses systematically and them to have a systematic way of doing their businesses besides respecting work contracts. Mbando hailed SIDO for providing training and urged the beneficiaries to impart the knowledge obtained to their fellows.
Reading the entrepreneurs’ speech on behalf of other graduates, Fred Swai urged the government through SIDO to reduce the price of packaging materials.
At the moment the price of packaging material ranges between 1,200/- and 8,000/- The price is too high for us to afford since we pay a lot of taxes and other related costs to the government, he said.
He urged the government to educate more entrepreneurs on packaging to enable them benefit from various programmes such as the ‘Kilimo Kwanza’.
He said for years now entrepreneurs have been suffering losses that could otherwise be avoided if they were exposed to basic skills in products quality and packaging technology.
“It is common to find in our local markets rice being sold without proper packaging. This has got to change,” he said.
However he urged the government to allow more manufacturing firms to engage in the production of packaging materials. SIDO is the sole importer of all packaging materials for food and non food products.
“This is a serious problem; there is shortage of packaging materials. There is a need to increase the number of manufacturing firms which also import the materials,” he said.
About 65 food processors and entrepreneurs from Pemba and Mainland were awarded certificates.