ZABS trains over 340 entrepreneurs

THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has so far trained over 340 people from micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in product quality, good agricultural practices and food safety.
ZABS head of marketing and public relations Hazel Zulu said in response to a press query the bureau targeted MSMEs, particularly in the agriculture sector to equip them with standards required in production globally. recently by the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (ABCEC), the concept is to encourage the industry to use locally-made materials and home-grown technologies.
“ZABS has so far trained 346 individuals under MSMEs programme in product quality, good agriculture practices, good manufacturing practices and food safety management systems to enable their products meet the required standards,” she said.
Mrs Zulu said the training will also enable farmers produce products that will compete favourably.
ZABS embarked on the programme in response to a training needs assessment that was undertaken between 2012 and 2014 to determine the capability of MSMEs in relation to food quality and safety.

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