National Foods scores a first
LOCAL companies should support Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 by producing quality products that meet customers’ expectations to enhance viability of industries, an official said yesterday.
SI 64/2016, which removes several goods from the Open General Import Licence, was promulgated by the Government in June to regulate imports in order to protect local industry from the influx of imported products.
Products listed under the regulation include coffee creamers, camphor creams, white petroleum jellies, body lotions, builders’ ware such as wheel barrows and iron or steel products among others, which local industry has capacity to produce.
In an interview after handing over three ISO 9001 certificates to National Foods’ stock feed division in Bulawayo yesterday, the Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) technical director Mr Sabastian Zuze said SI 64/2016 accords industries an opportunity to improve on quality and meet customers’ expectations.
“The Government has said certain goods under SI 64 of 2016 cannot be imported if we produce and have the capacity to meet local demand. In this light, companies should back up the regulation by improving on quality,” he said.
“Naturally the instrument gives businesses and companies perhaps that were not going to get back on their feet in view of stiff competition that was posed by products listed under SI 64/2016, an opportunity to enhance demand for locally manufactured products and boosting business viability through meeting customer expectations.”
The three ISO 9001 certificates, which the group’s stock feeds division received, were in recognition for being a registered supplier, conformity to quality systems as a player in the food sector and certification to operate at the site where the plant was located.
Since the liberalisation of the economy in February 2009, Zimbabwe has experienced an influx of imported products mostly basic commodities from South Africa rendering the local manufacturing sector uncompetitive.
SAZ is the national standards body.