The Uganda Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has appealed to SMEs to form cooperatives and work together if they are to grow and become competitive on the market.
The call was made by UNBS senior certifications officer Mr. Ronald Ahimbisibwe during the sensitization of yoghurt makers from western region on quality standards and certification. The training took place at Meliva hotel in Mbarara city.
“As UNBS we want you to grow and become competitive on the market, and can be best achieved through having quality and safe products but also working together. When you work together through cooperatives and associations you develop synergies together that can help you get better equipment, control quality and get resourceful persons for technical guidance,” advised Mr. Ahimbisibwe.
He added that when they are together it becomes easy for UNBS to give them support like training.
Mr. Ahimbisibwe also appealed to yoghurt makers to have their products certified warning any of their products that is on market without a UNBS Q mark remains illegal.
“Any product without a Q mark on the market is illegal, that is why we are coming to give you technical guidance and support so that your products comply with mandatory standards,” he added.
Yoghourt makers applauded UNBS for its efforts to sensitise them on certification and standards before arresting and prosecuting them.
“We appreciate your efforts of sensitizing us before reprimanding us for doing uncertified businesses. Some of us knew the certification process as being hard and challenging but after training we have realized its easily achievable,” said Mr Ibrahim Baguma of NEEM mixed farm in Kamwenge district.