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

The TOUR event in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which took place on 26-27 February 2018, was the first of two stops organized by our partner GIZ as part of their Trade Facilitation in Central Asia Program. The second stop took place in Kyrgyzstan.

Hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Dushanbe, the two-day event attracted delegates from different sectors including growers, consultants, NGOs and government representatives. Agriculture is one of the leading sectors in Tajikistan, providing 19 percent of its GDP, 66 percent of employment and almost a third of its exports. While much of Tajikistan is covered by mountains, most of its arable land is irrigated, and a favorable climate contributes to the production of a variety of crops, fruits and vegetables, such as apricots, onions, and cherries.

Producers in the country are thus eager to diversify their export markets and 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.

Dr. Kliment Petrov, Expert/Integrity Assessments & Training, GLOBALG.A.P., presented the benefits of implementing GLOBALG.A.P. Certification as a means of improving competitiveness and facilitating access of fruit and vegetable products to international markets. He was joined by Mr. Martin Jorge Aguirre, Commercial Manager, Spinneys Dubai LLC, who provided delegates with a perspective of Middle East buyers and their requirements of Central Asia agricultural produce. He pointed out that along with GLOBALG.A.P. Certification, both quality and presentation are very important when competing with other established export countries.

As part of the session on the development of Good Agricultural Practices in Tajikistan, Dr. Kliment Petrov responded to the Tajikistan government’s interest in developing a TJGAP scheme by outlining the structure and benefits of the localg.a.p. Program. He recommended the creation of a TJ localg.a.p. Program and offered GLOBALG.A.P. expertise and assistance in implementing such a course of action.

A roundtable discussion on the second day offered potential participants of Farm Assurer and Auditor training an overview of how to become a GLOBALG.A.P. approved Farm Assurer, and a GLOBALG.A.P. approved inspector/auditor. Participants also learned about the main requirements to become an approved GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Body.

Find here:

- Program

- Photos of the event!


Dr. Kliment Petrov, GLOBALG.A.P. - GLOBALG.A.P. Standard –Benefits of standard implementation to improve competitiveness and facilitate access of F&V products to international markets (RUS)

Dr. Kliment Petrov, GLOBALG.A.P. - Recommendations for GLOBALG.A.P. certification for Central Asian producers: benefits,
opportunities and challenges (RUS)

Martin Aguirre, Spinneys DUbai LLC - What do International Buyers Expect from producers from Central Asia? (EN)


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