The Laboratory for Mozambique's National Fish Inspection Institute (INIP) has been upgraded with TMSA's support.
This follows an inspection by the EU in which a number of deficiencies in the country's food safety system were identified.
Along with the fisheries sector, agriculture accounts for 34% of Mozambique’s exports. Failure to comply with the EU's conditions governing fish product imports would result in significant revenue losses.
In 2007, INIP received an initial grant from the ComMark Trust (a DFID funded programme) to assist it to implement a number of standards related projects. TradeMark Southern Africa has since been able to source further funding from DFID for the expansion of INIP’s laboratory in Maputo.
This joint support has enabled INIP to maintain access to the EU and other markets, as well as to supply the local market with a safer products.