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Plans to improve packaging underway

19 October 2010 | by Austin

The Government is in the process to ensure the local products are well packaged to meet international standards. The remarks were made here early this week by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing, Ms Joyce Mapunjo during the Second National Market Development forum. She said that packaging is a major challenge facing local farmers and producers and that the plan will help them get packaging materials more easily so as to increase productivity and export to the lucrative markets.


Ms Mapunjo noted that Tanzanian products were selling in other countries at very low prices and only to be packed and sealed back to Tanzania at higher prices.  "We want to make sure that all the products produced in Tanzania are packed and sold out side the country as products of Tanzania and not from other countries," she said.  She said that market development will contribute to poverty reduction for rural producers mostly small holder farmers who will at the long run earn a significant amount for their products, instead of the business people who act as middle men. 


The PS said that there is need for the people to change their altitude to look for markets and potential markets and then cultivate the required amount of products for the particular buyer.  Ms Mapunjo said that Tanzanians productive sectors especially agriculture, livestock and industries are missing various development opportunities, due to inefficient marketing systems which mostly oppress the small scale producers especially those in the rural areas.  She said that with the East African Community Common market opening its doors, it is an opportunity for Tanzanians to sell more of its products in the block market, while at the same time meeting the competition challenges arising from the common market protocol.  She said that if the country's marketing system will not enable producers to reach the EAC markets in a more competitive way, Tanzania will become the dumping market for EAC products. 


Morogoro Regional Commercial Officer, Mr Gerhard Haule said that the market development can play a pivotal role in improving social economic welfare of the farmers and the community as a whole.  He said that most of the farmers in the country are farming just to sell in the local markets and that this should not be the case as there are a lot of market potentials outside the country which can also attract better prices.



Tanzania - Study ready for state-of-the-art printing press in Dodoma

27 October 2010 | by Katare

A CHINESE delegation of technocrats from Zheijiang Publishing and Printing Group (ZPPG) has completed a feasibility study on the 160bn/- project on construction of a fully furnished New State Printing headquarters in Dodoma.  The delegation is a result of the proposal to reinvigorate the nature of the state printing and publishing in Tanzania reached on August 4, between Tanzania and China The Chinese Vice- Minister in charge of General Administration of Press and Publication, Mr Li Dongdong reciprocated the visit by the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's office, Policy, Coordination and Parliamentary Affairs Mr Philip Marmo in 2009. 


The Government Chief Printer, Mr Kassian Chibogoyo said in Dar es Salaam on Monday that a delegate of professional team led by the ZPPG president, Mr Wang Zhong visited Dodoma over the weekend for a feasibility study.  He stated the technocrats had created a positive way-forward and the task remained on the technical professionals of the government machinery. 


The government Chief Printer noted that the printing headquarters would also act as a training institution for imparting various printing and publishing skills to a new breed of public servants.  Mr Chibogoyo said that construction of new headquarters in Dodoma aimed at ensuring maximum security of the government documents, to curb publishing costs from out-sourcing and facilitate the University of Dodoma which requires high demand of printing services.  Mr. Chibogoyo said that construction of new headquarters in Dodoma aimed at ensuring maximum security of the government documents, to curb publishing costs from out-sourcing and facilitate the University of Dodoma which requires high demand of printing services. 


He said the main idea of this book include agriculture, livestock, agricultural product processing industry as well as food hygiene, food preparation and food consumption based on local agricultural climate, resources variety and industries.  ''The book should be co-published in English by the press of China and Tanzania, and translated in local languages for easy understanding by local communities. The book will be authored and translated by Chinese experts and reviewed by Tanzanian experts and press'', Zhong noted.




Small entrepreneurs urged to label products

20 October 2010 | by Sebastian

Small Scale Enterprises (SMEs) dealing with agro-products have been urged to brand their products in order to add value and build consumers’ confidence.  The call was made in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday by the Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (BRELA) Chief Executive Officer, Mr Esteriano Mahingila, at the opening of the Stakeholders’ Workshop on branding strategies. 


“Our focus will be on the branding of agro-products, a strategy that will benefit not only local entrepreneurs but also the producers, particularly farmers, thus complementing implementation of Kilimo Kwanza Programme,” said Mr Mahingila.  In order to have unique and different types of agricultural products, there is need to brand them properly. This will make them saleable anywhere in the world. Consumers are ready to pay for products which are well packaged, he said.  He refuted allegations related to bureaucratic procedures in obtaining brand name, saying the process takes two to three months to complete. 


He said the process involves making announcements of the brand name to avoid confusing with the existing ones. The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing Permanent Secretary, Dr Joyce Mapunjo, said branding as a tool of competitiveness in the market place, assists competitors to improve the quality of goods and services for consumers’ benefits.  The workshop which was jointly convened by BRELA and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will identify specific products for branding, assess the current brand status of the selected products, their competitiveness and existing marketing strategies.


Also, it will devise efficient and sustainable brand strategies for selected products and look for key players in developing strategies for mobilization of resources for the sustainable marketing of the brand products and build up support from concerned groups and associations.  Speaking on behalf of other entrepreneurs, Ms Joyce Urio said branding of products was welcome but the government should intervene and make sure that challenges like high quality packaging materials, are obtained in reasonable prices.  “The cost of production is still very high due to high prices for packaging materials. We opt for imported ones because they meet the quality standards compared to those locally made,” Ms Urio said.



Packaging centre opens shop for local producers

11 October 2010 | by Masato

The Tanzania Bureau of Standards’ (TBS) Packaging Technology Centre (PTC) has started operations, promising a new era of well-branded products.  “True, one of the key challenges facing our local manufacturers is poor packaging...but with the facility in place, they should be able to compete with others in the markets,” Mr Hamisi Sudi, the TBS Senior Quality Assurance Officier and acting head of the centre told the 'Daily News' in Dar es Salaam over the weekend. 


He implored local entrepreneurs to maximally utilise the opportunity towards the betterment of their businesses. Established in 1989, the PTC became operational in July 2008 with the main objective of supporting local manufacturers and helping an orderly development of the packaging technology in the country.  Packaging, said Mr Sudi, was a wide and fast changing field that needed to be an integrated part of the manufacturing process and generally becoming last in the entire process. Apart from making goods more attractive to improve saleability, packaging also protect products from external actions and influences like mechanical loading, dust, humidity and solar radiation.  Mr Sudi described the establishment of the PTC as a great opportunity for local industries to sharpen their competitive edge: “It’s upon local manufacturers and packaging industry to maximally tap the business benefits of the packaging centre.” 


The PTC operates under TBS and envisages becoming the premier destination for all industries in need of packaging technology. The services offered by the centre include testing packages and packaging materials for quality; conducting research and consultancy works regarding quality packaging.  Other services include training small industries as well as Small and Medium Enterprises on quality packaging, structural and graphical design; developing national standards on packages and packaging materials.  It also offers services in controlling imports and exports of packaging materials as well as providing information on packaging standards and requirements technology. Marketing experts say good packaging influences the cost and efficient movement of goods, adds value, minimises damage and presents the goods to the next stage of the supply chain in a convenient and acceptable condition.



SABMiller to build $34 mln brewery in Namibia

Friday, 23 April 2010

Brewing giant SABMiller is to build a $34 million brewery in Namibia as it looks to increase its presence in the southern African country by locally producing its popular Castle and Castle Lite brands.


SABMiller said on Friday construction of the brewery - which is expected to have a capacity of 220,000 hectolitres and will be built in Okahandja, 70 km north of Namibia's capital Windhoek - will start in the second half of the year.

SABMiller will hold a 60 percent stake in the brewery through SABMiller Namibia Ltd, while the remaining 40 percent will go to local Namibian partners in a black economic empowerment (BEE) scheme.


The BEE partners include Onyewu Investments, which will hold 20 percent, and three charitable trusts.

SABMiller has been importing beer into Namibia for more than 20 years and holds around 22 percent of the local market share. It provides brands like Castle Lager, Carling Black Label, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Castle Lite.


The new brewery will also include a returnable bottle packaging line and warehousing facilities.



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