Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute aims to boost agricultural sector through certification

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI) has certified at least 482 plant varieties in the period between January and November 2021 in a move aimed to heighten the agricultural sector performance in Tanzania. The certified plant varieties were based on a total of 79 crops. According to TOSCI Director General, Mr. Patrick Ngwediagi, the development is part of on-going interventions by the seed regulatory organ to ensure the indigenous farmers are adopting the use of improved seeds for better yields. The Director expressed that the state- owned…

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Tanzania Bureau of Standards sensitizes business people on need to provide quality goods

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has sensitized business people and importers in Zanzibar on the need to observe quality standards of goods to get rid of counterfeits in the domestic market. The TBS Marketing Officer Rhoda Mayugu made the remarks in the just ended 8th Mapinduzi Trade Fair launched by the Second Vice-President Zanzibar, Othman Masoud Othman. Mapinduzi is a Kiswahili word for “Revolution.” The trade fair is held annually in January as part of activities marking Zanzibar’s 1964 revolution that toppled the sultanate rule. Rhoda said…

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Tanzania Bureau of Standards appeals to entrepreneurs to obtain quality mark for products

TANZANIA – Tanzania’s standards watchdog, the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), has urged entrepreneurs to acquire the quality standard mark for their products that will enable them to easily penetrate the East African market. The call was made by the TBS Marketing officer Rhoda Mayugu at the just ended 21st Jua kali/Nguvu Kazi (literally meaning manpower) micro, small scale entrepreneurs (MSMEs) exhibitions held in Mwanza, Tanzania. The exhibitions that started on Dec 2, 2021, attracted exhibitors from Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. “Entrepreneurs should acquire TBS quality…

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Tanzania Bureau of Standards urges milk processors to bolster quality of products

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards has during a training for milk processors, suppliers and farmers from Kilosa and Mvomero in Morogoro Region, urged the stakeholders to raise the quality of their products to meet the required standards within and outside the country. They were also encouraged to raise the output of milk products to meet the demand for the domestic market as well as the regional markets. “The training to key stakeholders in the milk industry is of paramount importance in imparting skills on how to process high…

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Tanzania’s agricultural scientists detect Banana bunchy top disease in country

TANZANIA – Tanzania’s agricultural scientists have raised an alarm over a deadly banana disease recently detected in the country that can reduce banana production by up to 90 percent as infected plants will be severely stunted. This was after DNA samples from banana plants with typical Banana bunchy top disease symptoms from Buhigwe district in Kigoma region tested positive. According to the researchers, this is the first time that BBTV has been detected in Tanzania and the East African region. “BBTV or Babuvirus is considered among the most devastating banana…

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Tanzania sees SADC Quality Awards as vehicle to penetrating intra-African market

TANZANIA – The government of Tanzania has said the national quality awards competition organized by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) is a fundamental initiative that will help the country penetrate the wider African business market. The Minister for Industry and Trade Prof Kitila Mkumbo directed the Ministry of Industry and Trade as well as the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) to make sure they take seriously this initiative to benefit the country’s economy. He made the remarks in Dar es Salaam at the launch of the national quality awards…

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TANBASI’s banana liquor suspended over quality concerns

TANZANIA – The government in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania has suspended the production of banana liquor produced by TANBASI Investment in Rombo District for falling below the quality threshold stipulated by the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS). The Regional Commissioner, Stephen Kagaigai, revealed this following analytical results carried out by TBS that detected high levels of aseptic acid in the liquor, deeming the product unfit for human consumption. Aseptic acid is an antiseptic solution containing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), boric acid and salicylic acid, which is no longer in use. He said…

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Tanzania Bureau of Standards trains grape farmers on required product standards

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has trained over 100 grape growers and processors in Dodoma region on the standards requirements as well as the best grape farming principles. The training which will help the stakeholders to manage grapes in its value chain and increase the crop’s value in the market, was conducted by TBS officials in three areas Dodoma City, Hombolo and Mpunguzi Dodoma. “The training also focused on good processing and hygiene regulations, various grape and grape processing technologies, business registration, packaging as well as product…

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South Africa culminates 10-year avocado tiff with Tanzania

TANZANIA – South Africa has granted market access to avocado produced in Tanzania, ending 10 years of a standoff over the matter due to lack of phytosanitary certifications. South African avocado importers say they seek hard, green, and undamaged fruits that pass sanitary classification. The Acting Director of the South African Plant Health, Jan Hendrik Venter, said the decision was reached following a successful virtual bilateral engagement. “On November 9, 2021, the National Plant Protection Organization of Tanzania (NPPO) provided a pre-recorded video presentation to the National Plant Protection Organisation…

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Tanzania Bureau of Standards warns traders against tampering with expiry dates on food labels

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has sounded a warning to business operators who tamper with the expiry dates on food labels and threatened to take necessary legal action against them. TBS Central Zone, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Officer, Mr. Deus Deule said they are keeping a close eye as it has come to their attention that some unscrupulous business operators are modifying the expiry date of products whose shelf life has ended. “The substandard goods we destroyed today are those collected during inspection in shops, godowns,…

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