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GLOBALG.A.P. for Food Safety and Sustenance 

BY Mtho Moyo

Farmers are often described as “the Salt of the earth”, which by the way is very fitting.


What would we eat if there were no Farmers? It would mean we would all be farmers one way or the other, to feed our families, but would we all want to all farm! Farming is no chicken feed, excuse the pan.


Food Safety can also be summed up as “Farm to Fork”. This is because Food safety starts right at the farm and ends up as nutrition or poison into our mouths for our bodies. As you can imagine farmers have a bigger responsibility to not just provide us with enough food but to ensure that the food is safe for our consumption. What could possibly go wrong in the food in the farm that cannot be cooked out of the food, we might ask? After all Man having been farming since Adam and Even were banished from the Garden of Eden and people survived just fine, they just died of hunger not because the food was bad. So what has changed?


Technology has come up with magnificent things as well as some negative side effects. There is extensive use of fertilizers, pesticides and other plant protection products to maximize on productivity and to add salt to injury, microorganisms seem to be multiplying and becoming more and more resistant to treatments. So what are we to do?


Thanks to GLOBALG.A.P. it’s not all gloom and doom. GLOBALG.A.P. is the internationally recognized standard for farm production. The goal is safe and sustainable agricultural production to benefit farmers, retailers and consumers throughout the world.

 

  • Reduce food safety risks in primary production
  • Clear HACCP based Risk Assessment
  • Technical communication platform for continual improvement & transparency through consultation across entire food chain.
  • Reduce cost due to multiple audits
  • Global harmonisation
  • 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.


Implementation of GLOBALG.A.P. does not mean that farmers have to down their tool and focus on paperwork and training. As we can see from the benefits listed above it should be used as a tool to make life better for the farmers and consumers. Granted the initial work required will look like Mount Kilimanjaro, but the benefits by far out-weigh the initial trouble. The other option is to start with the implementation of the localg.a.p. system which is incremental towards the implementation of the GLOBALG.A.P. The GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard consists of General Rules and Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC.).

 

The requirements for GLOBALG.A.P. and localg.a.p. can all be downloaded free of charge from the GLOBALG.A.P. website - www.globalgap.org

 

Download version 5 (Draft).

 

If the work is still too much why not contact an approved Farm Assurer, who will take you through the requirements step by step?
And yes it would be our absolute pleasure to help in any which way we can. At Entecom we can assist with both localg.a.p. and GLOBALG.A.P. implementation. Contact us for quotation (at no extra charge).

 

 February 23, 2015
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