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GAP Certification

Gap Certification

Global GAP Certification 

Introduction To Global G.A.P (Good Agricultural Practices)

Global GAP Certification Came into Existence Because of  New pressures from consumers, retailers and legislation have placed new demands on farmers and growers. They are increasingly required to use production techniques that reduce the impact of farming on the environment (land and sea), to reduce their use of chemicals, and to make efficient use of natural resources, while safeguarding the welfare of both workers, farm animals and sea life.

Being able to show a commitment to good agricultural practices with Global G.A.P. certification has become essential for accessing the market

 

What is Global G.A.P (Good Agricultural Practices)

Global G.A.P. is an internationally recognized set of farm standards dedicated to Good Agricultural Practices (G.A.P.).

For consumers and retailers, the GLOBAL G.A.P. certificate is reassurance that food reaches accepted levels of safety and quality, and has been produced sustainably, respecting the health, safety and welfare of workers, the environment, and in consideration of animal welfare issues. Without such reassurance, farmers may be denied access to markets.

Global GAP is composed of different modules, including an overall module (all farm based), three main base scopes (crop base, livestock base and aquaculture base) and several specific sub-scopes, ranging from fruit and vegetables to dairy, from combinable crops to fish.

The Fruit and Vegetables scheme covers the whole agricultural production process of the certified product, from the plant in the ground to non-processed end-product. 

 

Why Global Global G.A.P (Good Agricultural Practices)? 

  • The consumers’ increasing demand for confidence in safe and sustainable food,
  • Better and easier access to the market
  • Clear agreements with retailers
  • More opportunities for fair competition
  • Possible increase in quality and quantity
  • Possible reduction of long term production costs
  • More effective management of production processes and legal issues
  • Higher commitment for improvement

What benefits Global G.A.P brings to business:

  • Improves processes and practices up to the farm gate 
  • Helps motivate your workforce 
  • Leads to improved facilities, training and working conditions 
  • Can improve productivity  
  • Encourages sound environmentally farming practices
  • Improves management practices

Global G.A.P (Good Agricultural Practices) is applicable to

  • Fruit and vegetable farmers and Exporter;
  • Small farmers,
  • farmer groups,
  • individual farms,
  • produce handling units who are involved in fruits and vegetables.

How can Smartedge help to get started?

  • Gap Analysis:  Assessment of existing management system practices against the GAP Certification standard requirements.
  • Project Plan: Prepare a implementation project plan based on the time lines looking for; 
  • Orientation Training:  Top/Senior Management orientation on GAP Certification standard requirements and implementation action plans preparation;
  • Developing different levels of documentation ( Tier 1-3/4): Identification of processes required for the products produced and services provided; External and internal issues affecting the business, interested parties needs and expectations, Framing draft quality policy, organizational objectives, role, responsibility and authority, various risks affecting and opportunities arises, functional and system procedures, different implementation formats and checklists;       
  • System Implementation: Implementation of the selected management system as per the developed documentation;
  • Company-wide Training: Training on detailed clause wise requirements and relating them to their departments and Internal audit.
  • Internal Audits: Periodic assessment of system implementation and corrective actions.
  • Pre assessment:  Initial audit by Certifying agency, and, implementation of corrective actions.
  • Final Assessment: Certification audit by the Certifying agency and recommendation for certification.
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