Business
Sub-standard goods reduce by 5%
Publish Date: Jul 01, 2014
Sub-standard goods reduce by 5%
Most meat sold in butcheries does not meet the standards
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Carol Kasujja

Trade minister, Amelia Kyambadde, has said sub-standard goods in the country have reduced by 5% -10% over the last 12 months and expressed hope that they will reduce further.

She attributed the reduction to the increased crackdowns on shops dealing in such goods by the Uganda national Bureau of Standards (UNBS).

The minister was speaking at a function to mark 25 years of UNBS operations. UNBS revealed that it has had to confiscate and burn goods like among other sub-standard goods that have flooded the Uganda market.

 “There has not been elimination 100% of any goods in any particular sector.  However, there has been a tremendous reduction of substandard products like electronics and electrical appliances, adulterated fuel, and substandard bottled drinking water that was packed by non-licensed processors,” Kyambadde said she said.

The minister also noted that most meat sold in butcheries does not meet the standards and therefore UNBS will set up 2 model butchers in 6 key markets starting with Wandegeya and demonstrate the standards.

“A study has been done revealing that most butchers are not aware of the minimum standard requirements for their premises in regard to hygiene and presentation. We hope to therefore set up at least two model butcheries in at least 6 regional markets in Kampala and other key towns, to serve as standard models for the others to follow. The cost will total some sh150m,” she said.

Eva Kasirye, the first UNBS executive director told of UNBS’s the humble beginnings and encouraged the staff to persevere even when they come under attack of unscrupulous traders. He told them that if they remain focused they will make an impact to the country’s economy.

“When I was leaving everyone was opposing the 15 acres of land we had acquired, but I am glad that today UNBS will establish its home on that land which will provide enough space to do their tests on the country’s goods,” she said.

Dr. Ben Mayindo, UNBS’ current executive director assured Ugandans that the organisation will step up monitoring to ensure sub-standard goods are eliminated or reduced to the least in the market.

“Our primary concern is to reduce substandard goods in the market. We are going to have more internal trainings so that we give better services to Ugandans,” he said.

He noted that the company has made achievements because of great teamwork, working systems, capable managers as well as recruitment, training and retention of competent staff.

The anniversary launch had in attendance the business community, private sector and consumers.

“I celebrate with UNBS because we people in business without standard we cannot compete internationally,” said Olive Kigongo, the president of Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The UNBS store keeper, John Mbidde was awarded for coming with the anniversary theme of the year: Quality products, quality lives through standards.”    

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
UAE Exchange customer wins Xpress Money ‘Win Big’ second weekly draw
Xpress Money recently announced the second weekly draw winner of its ongoing promotion – Win Big. Ms. Ann Minviluz Banquerigo, a customer of UAE Exchange, Lugogo Mall branch, won herself a prize money of UGX 250,000 by simply sending money using Xpress Money services....
Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plough
MOSCOW - The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night....
Govt to identify key opportunities for growth
THE Government and World Bank are preparing a joint ‘Country Economic Memorandum’ report, which will identify key opportunities and challenges to accelerating socio-economic transformation...
Business guide in conflict resolution developed
A business guide for the business community to resolve conflicts without resorting to courts of law has been developed....
Mining to increase Agriculture production
Agriculture production in Uganda is set to increase with the establishment of mining and oil extraction industries despite concerns from the public that the discovery of oil in Uganda will affect the sector negatively....
Farmers to benefit from sh60b grant
UGANDAN farmers are set to benefit from a low-interest agricultural loan facilitated by a $24.7m (sh60b) grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development...
Do Ugandan tycoons prepare their children to take over their business empires?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter