OBSESSION with foreign manufactured goods is self-destructive and should be discouraged very strongly to stop the rate of unemployment in the country.
Addressing editors during a day-long capacity building seminar organised by Tanzania Distilleries Limited (TDL) in Dar es Salaam on Friday, Mussa Azzan Zungu, Member of Parliament, Ilala (CCM) said moral support from journalists would give local producers confidence.
"The media can positively support the growth of high quality products made in the country. Sustainable industrial production will guarantee revenue to the government for effective funding of various development projects," Mr Zungu explained.
The legislator said there was no reason for animosity between the media and manufacturers as criticism is constructive.
"Patriotism should be the guiding sceptre. The general public should be informed of good quality local products.
I commend TDL for sustained efforts in the production of high quality products to the extent of attracting external markets," he explains.
The legislator said excise duty, for example, is a burden to consumers and if the issue is not properly addressed it would pave way to importation of foreign products to the detriment of local products. "Excise duty and other dues must be reasonable.
If this tax is lowered slightly, more customers will buy from manufacturers and the expansion of the tax base will be guaranteed and production will increase steadily. Tax evasion will be reduced with maximum compliance.
This is simple logic," Mr Zungu clarified He pledged continued support to TDL initiatives in reviving grape production in Dodoma, where grape growers are provided with improved seedlings, expertise in cultivation and a reliable market for their produce.
Giving vote of thanks to the chief guest, the Managing Director of TDL, David Mgwassa said many countries are going through a phase of high unemployment whereby a host of energetic persons are rendered unproductive.
"The fascination with foreign products undermines growth of the national economy. Responsible reporting will highlight the country's potential especially in industrial agriculture," Mgwassa explained.
Tanzania Distilleries Limited is the foremost supplier of wines, spirits and liqueurs in Tanzania.