GAP certificate validity to be extended to two years
The validity of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certificates will be extended to two years, according to the Agriculture Department.
Good Agricultural Practices ensure food safety, and GAP growers can get more market access, locally and internationally. Additionally, GAP also ensures worker safety, health and welfare, and conservation of the environment. Therefore, the Agriculture Department is planning to extend the validity of certificates to two years. “Fruits and vegetables produced under GAP can fetch good prices. They ensure food safety and traceability. So, the department is raising awareness of GAP among growers by providing courses.
Next, the department is planning to introduce digital touch for seeking GAP certificates soon. Online applications can reduce red tape, and help bring smooth and quick service to growers. The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation has encouraged farmers to use its GAP protocol in a bid to boost productivity, profitability, market access, and competitiveness in the agricultural sector. The GAP protocol and guidelines include the most consumed and major export items — mango, pomelo, honeydew, watermelon, avocado, chili, tomato, onion, cabbage, corn, sesame, various beans, rice, and coffee.
Source: Global New Light of Myanmar
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