SLSI to recognise village level market
Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) launched a programme to
introduce its Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) scheme to the village
level small entrepreneurs.
"SLSI will introduce this scheme through Vidatha Centers scattered
islandwide. GMP is a certification scheme operated by SLSI to recognise
the good manufacturing practices of entrepreneurs. SLSI mostly
recommends GMP scheme for small businesses where the other certification
schemes may not be affordable to them," Marketing and Promotion
Director, SLSI, W. Meewaddana told Daily News Business.
"One constrain that the small entrepreneurs face in the market
especially in the food industry, is the question of credibility in terms
of hygiene and safety of their food products. GMP certification will
provide a reasonable support to overcome this problem and sustain their
businesses in the market.
Already a number of village level small businesses have obtained GMP
certification to their products and have been able to enter to leading
supermarkets and even to the foreign market."
"More than 30 village level entrepreneurs attended the seminar. SLSI
expects to hold its next seminar in Hambantota. SLSI currently operates
ten certification schemes for both products and management systems."