GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Recognized as a Key Tool for Promoting G.A.P. in Chile

Over 70 delegates attended the 1-day event hosted by Primus Chile on 18 October in Santiago de Chile. Producers, exporters and certification bodies gathered to discuss key topics such as the challenges producers are facing in their efforts to meet current market demands and the availability of national subventions to support farmers.

The one-day conference kicked off with a summary of the key changes and additions in the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated farm assurance Standard Version 5 (crops), presented by Indiana Mendilaharzu, Expert & Training, GLOBALG.A.P. This was followed by an overview of The Future of Agricultural Markets, presented by Enrique Uribe, Technical Expert, GLOBALG.A.P.

After a presentation by Mr. Miguel Soto of CORFO - Corporación de Fomento de la Producción de Chile, the Chilean Economic Development Agency, on the various tools available to promote and facilitate the implementation of GLOBALG.A.P. certification, Mr. Pedro Cruz, an agricultural producer from Copiapó in Chile, offered an overview of his experiences in implementing Good Agricultural Practices on his farms and the valuable opportunities that arose as a result.

Delegates greatly profited from a panel discussion with experts Hector Echeverria of FIA - Fundación para la Innovación Agraria, the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture’s Agency for Agricultural Innovation; Miguel Soto of CORFO - Corporación de Fomento de la Producción de Chile, the Chilean Economic Development Agency; Ricardo Adonis of ASOEX - Asociación de Exportadores de Frutas de Chile A.G., the association of fruit Chilean fruit exporters; and Katy Legua of Primus Chile. The panel explored the role of the institutions linked to the agricultural sector regarding the promotion of Good Agricultural Practices.

At the conference, CORFO, a government agency responsible for promoting economic development in Chile, recognized GLOBALG.A.P. as an important development program for producers that enables the high-level implementation of on-farm Good Agricultural Practices, optimizes on-farm production and management processes, and facilities access to international markets.

The one-day conference also included presentations on Social Responsibility, (GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice-GRASP) and GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody, allergens in agricultural production and how GLOBALG.A.P. Certification provides important tools to mitigate risks, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and its relation to GLOBALG.A.P. 

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