UNDP promotes introduction of good agricultural practices among farmers of the Fergana ValleyMar 15, 2018
More than 120 farmers from Andijan, Namangan and Fergana regions are attending trainings being held from 14 to 16 March, on implementation of GLOBALG.A.P international standard. The introduction of Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P.) helps to increase quality of agricultural products, expand export markets and increase farms’ profits.
GLOBALG.A.P. is an international set of standards ensuring food safety and compliance with quality and technical requirements.
Obtaining GLOBALG.A.P. certificate is a multilevel process requiring availability of records and compliance of the grown products with international food safety and quality standards. To get certified producers need to meet 218 control points prescribed by the standard, including requirements for worker health and safety, environmental protection and conservation, use of fertilizers, and many others.
The seminar attendees learn about the main criteria and requirements of the standard with practical examples of implementation on farms, including growing, harvesting and handling fruits and vegetables, as well as on stages of certification process.
“We have 100 hectares of land, where we grow apples, peaches and cherries. We are exporting our products to Russia and Kazakhstan. However, we intend to expand our export markets and focus on European countries. The training helped me to better understand specifics of GLOBALG.AP standard and learn more about the most acceptable options for our farming certification. Now we have a vision of the roadmap of activities needed prior applying for the GLOBALG.AP certification,” said Makhamadjon Abdumominov, Director of ‘Buloboshi Agrosanoat’ Agrocompany.
For many companies having the GLOBALG.A.P. Certificate is one of the important preconditions for agricultural product exports. International retail chains and supermarkets worldwide are interested in purchasing products, quality of which is certified by international standards.
In Uzbekistan, National standard of Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P. – Good Agricultural Practice) based on requirements of GLOBALG.A.P. has been recently developed and introduced. As a result, local companies planning to enter global markets can obtain GLOBALG.A.P. certificate spending less time and money.
Since 2015, UNDP’s ‘Aid for Trade’ project has been working on easing access of local agro products to foreign markets through promoting international standards in product certification. The project conducted a series of workshops for local farmers and supported a few agro-companies in preparing for the GLOBALG.A.P. audits and getting the certificates. UNDP prepared and disseminated among local farmers the practical handbook on GLOBALG.A.P. requirements for agricultural products in Russian and Uzbek languages.
The initiative of UNDP and the Government of Uzbekistan on the development of international trade to increase incomes and create jobs is carried out in accordance with the Strategy of Action on development of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021, as well as with the global activities of UNDP to assist countries in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNDP’s ‘Aid for Trade’ project as a national component of the regional ‘Aid for Trade in Central Asia – Phase III’ project aims at increasing income generation, creating jobs and expanding exports.