Farmers Urged to Embrace Packaging Skills

People involved in commercial farming and business have been urged to adhere to packaging standards and skills so as to be able to compete in the local and international markets.

Mr Charles Elekenge, Director General TBS

People involved in commercial farming and business have been urged to adhere to packaging standards and skills so as to be able to compete in the local and international markets.

The Acting Iringa Regional Commissioner, Mr. Aseri Msangi, made the remark recently in Iringa, when opening a three day seminar to farmers and entrepreneurs organized jointly by Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and Agricultural Sector Development Programme (ASDP).

Mr. Msangi said that education on packaging to farmers in rural areas was paramount important to enable them   implement the Kilimo Kwanza initiative.

However, he urged TBS to ensure that such seminars reach as many farmers as possible, since many of them are not aware of stiff quality competition facing the sector.

“It’s common to find in most of our local markets rice being sold without proper packaging and in conditions of dusts and flies. This habit has to be changed,” he said.

He said for years now, farmers in the region have been suffering losses that could otherwise be avoided,  if they were exposed to basic skills of products quality and packaging technology.

Earlier, the TBS Director General, Mr Charles Ekelege, had said TBS was prepared to ensure that farmers, particularly in rural areas, continue to receive training on standards and packaging skills. His speech was read out by Chief Standards Officer Mr. Faustine Masaga on his behalf.

TBS has been conducting training since 2009 to groups of farmers in different regions on the importance of applying modern approaches that advocate for quality standards to be able to compete in both local and international markets.