GLOBALG.A.P.’s roots began in 1997 as EUREPGAP, an initiative by retailers belonging to the Euro-Retailer Produce Working Group. British retailers working together with supermarkets in continental Europe become aware of consumers’ growing concerns regarding product safety, environmental impact and the health, safety and welfare of workers and animals.
Their solution: Harmonize their own standards and procedures and develop an independent certification system for Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P.).
GLOBALG.A.P. today is the world’s leading farm assurance program, translating consumer requirements into Good Agricultural Practice in a rapidly growing list of countries – currently more than 135.
GlobalG.A.P. is a voluntary standard for certification of agricultural produce worldwide. In a way GlobalG.A.P. standard puts sustainability, food safety & environment in hands of farmers / growers.
There are two options available in GlobalG.A.P. certifications which are as follows: –
Single Producer certification: In this a single farmer / farm is audited by GlobalG.A.P. accredited certification body & GlobalG.A.P. certificate is issued to that single farmer
Produce Group Certification: In this option a group of farmers / producer / farms can apply for a single collective certificate. All farmers in group will follow same QMS (quality management system). Random inspection of group members is done (on sample basis) by GlobalG.A.P. approved certification body & a single GlobalG.A.P. certificate is issued.
GlobalG.A.P. For Whom
It is mainly introduced for the agriculture and farming industries which includes farmers. These standards are relevant to farmers as they cover the agricultural production process, from inputs to the farmgate.
Benefits of GlobalG.A.P. Certification
- Enhancing Confidence and Confidence of the Control Authority of the Customers for the Quality and safety of food.
- Supply of Assured raw materials to the Export market in the International market, and also to the Export Processing Industry.
- Good Quality Production by Reducing Cost of Cultivation.
- Control of Pests and Diseases by using lesser Medicines and Fertilizers.
- Major Demand for Global markets, Made using the best method prescribed in the world.
- The Opportunity to Comply with the Terms and Conditions Prescribed by the World Trade Agreemen
- Arrangement/Opportunity to Improve the Timely Management of Agricultural Management through the GlobalG.A.P. Scheme.