Moshi — KILIMANJARO region is currently faced with a shortage of weights and measures and those available are not properly used by operators, a report from the Regional Commissioner's office has indicated.
"Many good measures and weights are procured abroad at a very high price and therefore many operators fail to handle them properly," says the report.
This has given rise to fake machines which are being manufactured locally and sold at give-away prices, prompting the agency responsible for weights and measures to take legal measures against perpetrators and sometimes conduct education programmes according to the laws of the country.
The report further indicates that the problem is becoming chronic because the entire region has only one vehicle to take around inspectors charged with the responsibility of inspecting weights and measures.
This, says the report, has incapacitated the available inspectors from making surprise visits to areas which operate weights and measures.
The Agency for Weights and Measures has recommended to the government to waive import duty on the machines which are procured from abroad so as to make farmers and other users benefit from them.
The agency added that such machines will do away with customary measures, such as cans and gallons which are not correct measures which assure farmers of fair prices of their produce.