Pinda urges  certification agency to shun bureaucracy

15Aug 2019
Felix Andrew
The Guardian
Pinda urges  certification agency to shun bureaucracy

FORMER Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda has called upon the government certification agency to avoid bureaucracy to enable more Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)  to obtain  services.

FORMER Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda.

Speaking at John Mwakangale agricultural exhibition grounds in Mbeya, Pinda said more should be done to ensure that SMEs are supported to meet their goals.

He  congratulated farmers in southern highlands for their decision to add value to their crops   urging them to visit TBS offices for certification.

Pinda said officials from the bureau must avoid bureaucracy which could  hinder the  growth of Small and Medium entrepreneurs.

“I have visited your stalls and I’m happy for the development reached in processing foods and     packaging materials. What you lack is a mark of quality standards”, he said

Pinda said SMEs must be supported in order to realise their dreams and that of President John Magufuli in industrial drive.

Speaking at SAGCOT stall within the grounds the  TBS quality assurance officer, Yekonia Sanga, told SMEs that  the decision by government to assign new roles from the former TFDA would reduce challenges facing them.

He said from now onwards, SMEs who want to conduct  food business will have to forward their requests to the bureau.”We will inspect the building immediately and issue a licence  if you meet the requirements, he said.

He added that for the new small and medium entrepreneurs will continue to certify their products free of charge for three years , but they have to channel their requests through  SIDO.

For her part, Rhoda Mayugu, the TBS marketing  officer said they participated in this year’s exhibition in Mbeya to educate producers on various issues related to standards.

She said they also used the opportunity to inform them on the new roles assigned from TFDA and  free services that   available for SMEs to enable them compete at any markets.

The one week exhibition  which attracted farmers, manufacturers from Mbeya Iringa, Ruvuma and Rukwa regions was opened by  Ruvuma Regional Commissioner Christina Mndeme.