Around 54 local farmers and corporate farm representatives undergo capabuild on GAP and Certification Protocols.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To gain entry in a more competitive market and to ensure safety and quality of farm produce, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through its Regulatory Division, conducted a training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Certification Protocols, here in this city.
Around 54 local farmers and corporate farm representatives from the provinces of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Orriental convened for the two-day capabuild as part of their new or renewal application for PhilGAP certification.
According to DA-10 OIC-Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Audy G. Maagad, the activity aims to enhance farmer’s capability in adopting to GAP that addresses environmental, economic, and social responsibilities for on-farm processes that result in safe and quality food and non-food agricultural products.
Meanwhile, Agriculturist II Christine Jane L. Quiamco cited the advantages of having GAP certification among farmers, which includes the sustainability of farmers’ practice and wider market opportunities, among others.
Covered in the training course are discussions on Food Safety, GAP, Traceability System and Safe and Judicious Use of Fertilizer and Pesticides. #(RDMElloren)