BY Christine Rammutla

Agriculture is the root source of food that consumers put on their tables, so Food Safety and quality start at farm level. Now the question is how do we measure Food Safety at farm level? Well, there are standards such as the localg.a.p and GLOBALG.A.P. that help farmer to comply with Good Agricultural Practices, this standards also apply in South Africa.

GLOBALG.A.P has introduced a new Version 5 for All Farm Base – Crop Base and Fruit and Vegetables which is valid from 1 July 2015 and obligatory from 1 July 2016.

What is GLOBAL G.A.P.?
GLOBAL G.A.P is the internationally recognized standard for farm production. The main goal for the standard is to have a safe and sustainable agricultural production to benefit farmers, retailers and consumers throughout the world.


GLOBALG.A.P. Certification covers:

  • Food safety and traceability
  • Environment (including biodiversity)
  • Workers’ health, safety and welfare
  • Animal welfare
  • Includes Integrated Crop Management (ICM), Integrated Pest Control (IPC),
  • Quality Management System (QMS), and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)

The standard demands, among other things, greater efficiency in production. It improves business performance and reduces waste of vital resources. It also requires a general approach to farming that builds in best practices for generations to come.

In recent years, South Africa has seen an increasing number of emerging farmers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds that are new to the farming environment and some have seen their produce being rejected from retail market because of lack of having food safety systems in place; thus without certification, producers have difficulties accessing local and regional markets.
Farmer that needs to be GLOBALG.A.P certified, first have to implement the localg.a.p program. The program is a tool that offers GLOBALG.A.P. retail and food service members the opportunity to initiate a food safety program in order to prepare their suppliers for GLOBALG.A.P. certification. It is there for a stepping stone toward certification. It is a cost-effective solution for emerging markets and helps producers gain gradual recognition by providing an entry level to GLOBALG.A.P. certification.
Why should you go for localg.a.p.

  • Establish the foundation to achieve GLOBALG.A.P. certification through a stepwise improvement plan
  • Reduce your exposure to food safety risks
  • Improve your traceability and reassure your buyers using your LGN, your unique 13-digit localg.a.p. Number that identifies you in the GLOBALG.A.P. Database
  • Access local and regional markets through a local program based on the globally recognized GLOBALG.A.P. Certification System
  • Improve the efficiency of your farm management
  • Comply with legislation on food safety and proper hygiene

Why should you go for GLOBALG.A.P Vision 5 All Farm Base – Crop Base and Fruit and Vegetables,

  • It helps retailers gain access to quality foods
  • Support local and regional producers
  • Promote Good Agricultural Practice
  • Improve your traceability and reassure your buyers using your GGN, your unique 13-digit GLOBALG.A.P. Number that identifies you in the GLOBALG.A.P. Database

Contact us on 041 366 1970/80 or Christine 082 849 3502 to find out how we can assist.

 October 13, 2015
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