GAP-CapacityEnhancement

 

With their continued thrust of ensuring that agricultural produce are microbiologically and chemically safe and compliant with regulatory requirements, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through the Regulatory Division conducts its second round of Capacity Enhancement on Philippine National Standards: Good Agricultural Practices and Certification Protocols, for the year on June 27-29, 2017 in the city of Cagayan de Oro. Identified as one of the top producing regions for the commodity, the three-day training tackled on the Code for Cassava that will assist growers and agricultural technicians from the local government units (LGUs) in preventing microbial, chemical and physical hazards associated with all stages of the primary production and postharvest processing of cassava meant for human consumption and for the production of feed ingredients.  Serving as the resource speaker for the capabuild is Dr. Candido B. Damo, technical consultant for the DA-Corn/Cassava Program, who responded to a query from one of the participants regarding an incentive system, should a farm will become GAP certified. In return, he explained that the government is currently in the works to address such concern, but underscored that one will have the privilege of having their agricultural produce as an easy sell, as the label will already serve as an assurance that they adhere to safety and quality standards set forth by the agriculture department while taking regard environmental protection and workers’ welfare, at the same time, as the market does not anymore get to witness the processes involved in cassava production. Topics primarily taken are the recommended good practices for the commodity, ranging from the environment, agricultural inputs, growing practices, harvest and transportation, facilities associated to the crop, and equipment, tools and utensils. # (JLOlson, DA-RFO 10)