Promoting Good Agricultural Practices and Facilitating Trade in Central Asia with GIZ

The one-day TOUR event in Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), which took place on 10 October 2018, was the first GLOBALG.A.P. Tour Stop in the country organized through EU ProLocal, the joint program of the European Union and the German Government for local self-government and economic development. Implemented in BiH by GIZ, EU ProLocal supports economic growth by among other things helping farmers to reach customers and become established in European Union markets.  

Adopting Good Agricultural Practices is a step in the right direction. “ Good Agricultural Practices open the doors to international markets and help find strategic partners, which leads to an increase in the volume of production and thus the creation of new jobs,” said Brigitte Heuel-Rolf, Director of GIZ for BiH and Montenegro. “This is why EU ProLocal participated in this GLOBALG.A.P. event and enabled the organization of a conference in BiH . In addition, EU ProLocal has developed a BiH version of the documents regulating the adoption and application of Good Agricultural Practices, thus creating the basis for training the next generations of service providers to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in BiH in their establishment.”

The EU ProLocal program in BiH is designed to help plum producers and processors in the northern region of the country to access EU buyers and gain more visibility in their target markets. As the adoption of safe and sustainable agricultural practices is one of key requirements for modern market competitiveness, the EU ProLocal program has teamed up with GLOBALG.A.P. to promote Good Agricultural Practices in BiH.

Hosted at the Park Hotel Doboj, the TOUR event attracted delegates from different sectors, including growers, representatives of farmer cooperatives, consultants, certification bodies, and government representatives. The conference presence of a large and diverse number of stakeholders from the Bosnian-Herzegovinian agricultural value chain confirmed the rising interest in establishing Good Agricultural Practices in BiH. Producers have recognized the importance of implementing international standards and Good Agricultural Practices in enabling them to compete with the leading suppliers of agricultural products on international markets.

Flavio Alzueta, GLOBALG.A.P. CMO and Vice president, outlined the structure of the GLOBALG.A.P. System, and presented the basic GLOBALG.A.P. standard requirements and the benefits of implementing GLOBALG.A.P. Certification as a means of improving competitiveness and facilitating access of fruit and vegetable producers to international markets. He also explained the possibilities and benefits of implementing the localg.a.p. Program as a stepping stone solution to achieving GLOBALG.A.P. Certification.

Edite Strazdina, Technical Key Account Manager for Latvia, Russia and Central Asia, presented the requirements for fruit and vegetable market access in the European Union, the general GLOBALG.A.P. standard requirements of applying and storing plant protection products, and the GRASP Add-on. The presentation sessions closed with CB representatives describing the certification challenges and opportunities in BiH.

After the presentations, delegates continued discussions with GLOBALG.A.P. representatives, certification bodies, and farmers on various industry-related topics, such as how to become a GLOBALG.A.P. Licensed Farm Assurer, Option 2 certification and how to implement a Quality Management System, how to establish cooperatives, and the general experience of market access in Eastern European countries. 

For more information on GIZ, go to www.giz.de/en
Click here to download the GIZ Fact sheet on their Trade Facilitation in Central Asia Program

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Presentations:

Flavio Alzueta - Introduction to GLOBALG.A.P.

Edite Strazdina - GLOBALG.A.P. and world market of fruits and vegetables

Edite Strazdina - GLOBALG.A.P. requirements related to plant protection products (PPP) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Edite Strazdina - GLOBALG.A.P. Licensed Farm Assurers - Committed to excellence

Flavio Alzueta - localg.a.p.

Edite Strazdina - GRASP

Nemanja Ljubenović - Problemi u implementaciji GLOBALG.A.P. Standarda

RINA - Challenges of GLOBALG.A.P. implementation in SEE

TUV NORD Group


TOUR Objectives

GLOBALG.A.P. Representatives at the Conference

  • Flavio Alzueta, GLOBALG.A.P. Vice President & CMO,
  • Edite Strazdina, Farm Assurer and GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Key Account Manager for Central Asia, Latvia and Russia

TOUR Stop Objectives

  • Provide an overview of GLOBALG.A.P. products and services, and highlight the value-added advantages of growing fresh products in line with Good Agricultural Practices and using the GLOBALG.A.P. Standards and System.
  • Raise awareness of public and private organizations to the benefits of implementing GLOBALG.A.P. Certification as a means of improving competitiveness and facilitating access to international markets.
  • Gauge the level of interest and capacity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Offer a platform for extensive networking of all relevant stakeholders.
  • Identify potential candidates for GLOBALG.A.P. capacity building measures.

Participants

The TOUR Stop in Bosnia & Herzegovina is expected to attract producers of fresh fruits and vegetables, and representatives of:

  • Government bodies
  • Producer and export associations
  • Agri-businesses
  • Farmer associations
  • Agricultural consultants and consulting companies
  • Certification bodies
  • Local and eventually international food retailers and supermarkets
 

For more information, please contact tour@globalgap.org.

 

  

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