GLOBALG.A.P. is proud to announce the first aquaculture group certification for small-scale pangasius farmers in Vietnam. Part of the Public Private Partnership – Sustainable Pangasius Supply Chain Program (PPP-SPSP) in Tra Vinh province, the producer group Tra Vinh Cooperative is expecting strong growth in the coming years.

At the GLOBALG.A.P. workshop that took place at Vietfish on 6 August 2014, Mr. Truong The Van, the Vice Chairman of the Tra Vinh Fisheries Association, shared the challenges and benefits for small-scale producers of GLOBALG.A.P. Certification in general, and GLOBALG.A.P. Group Certification in particular. He specifically highlighted the cooperation promotion between farms. He also outlined how raising producer awareness of Good Aquaculture Practices and environmental protection benefits the aquaculture sector as a whole and consumers worldwide.

An added advantage of GLOBALG.A.P. Group Certification for small-scale producers in Vietnam in particular is that they immediately comply with the national government’s decree requiring all pangasius farming activities to be certified against sustainable certification systems by 31 December 2015.

This is a milestone in GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Group Certification and a major step forward in the aquaculture sector. Small-scale aquaculture producers organized in groups with a shared Quality Management System can now reap the benefits of a long established and successful form of GLOBALG.A.P. Certification, one that GLOBALG.A.P. certified Fruit & Vegetable producers have benefited from for years.

“I congratulate the Tra Vinh Cooperative for pioneering GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Group Certification in Vietnam and around the world,” said Kristian Moeller, GLOBALG.A.P. CEO. “ Almost 100,000 fruit & vegetable farmers, that’s more than 70 percent of our GLOBALG.A.P. certified producers worldwide, are organized in groups and covered under GLOBALG.A.P. Group Certification. The first group small-scale farmer certificate in aquaculture confirms that achieving our high integrity requirements for food safety and sustainability systems on farm via a group generates benefits to small-scale producers that can also be enjoyed by the aquaculture sector. The European retail markets have a particular interest in connecting to smaller producers to secure their sourcing. I am pleased to announce that the majority of our German retailers are introducing and implementing policies that require GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification as a food safety baseline for their entire aquaculture range.”

Actively integrating small-scale farmers in local and international supply chains also aligns with GLOBALG.A.P.’s commitment to helping reduce poverty and ensure food security through Good Agriculture and Aquaculture Practices.

At this year’s 3-day SUMMIT 2014 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, GLOBALG.A.P. has dedicated an entire program session to small-scale growers, producer groups, and farmers in emerging countries. Designed as a platform for producer groups around the globe to present their success models and innovative ideas, the main focus will be on mutual learning and information exchange. The breakfast session will also include presentations showcasing cooperative models from around the world and highlighting the latest research findings and case studies of successful G.A.P. programs and schemes that successfully integrate small-scale farmers in local and international supply chains.

Photo: From left to right: 4 representatives of Tra Vinh Cooperative; Mr. Truong The Van, Vice Chairman of the Tra Vinh Fisheries Association; Ms. Le Tran Truong Thuy, Lead Aquaculture Auditor of Control Union Vietnam; and Mr. Richard de Boer, Manager Director of Control Union Vietnam.

Learn more about the Small-Scale Farmer Session at the GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2014 here.

Learn more about Aquaculture Certification here.
For more information, please contact Valeska Weymann at weymann@globalgap.org

About GLOBALG.A.P.

The Global Partnership for Safe & Sustainable Agriculture

GLOBALG.A.P. is a global organization with a crucial objective: safe, sustainable agriculture worldwide. We set voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe–and more and more producers, suppliers and buyers are harmonizing their certification standards to match.

Our Purpose
GLOBALG.A.P. members create private sector incentives for agricultural and aquaculture producers worldwide to adopt safe and sustainable practices to make this world a better place to live in for our children.

Our Mission
Globally connecting farmers and brand owners in the production and marketing of safe food to provide reassurance for consumers. We lay the foundation for the protection of scarce resources by the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices with a promise for a sustainable future.

 

About Control Union

Control Union is a global network of inspection operations and dedicated laboratories that offers a global one-stop-shop for a wide range of certification programs. Control Union understands the importance of impartiality and objectivity, and how to professionally manage conflicts of interest. From the beginning, sustainability has been the main focus of Control Union certification services.