GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR in Latvia: stronger safety and sustainability of food and agricultural products

July 4, 2019
    Demand for GLOBALG.A.P., certification of primary producers, is rapidly growing. Recently, 160 delegates from Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine and Poland gathered at Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies in Jelgava.

    Stronger food safety and sustainability requirements are leading to a 2020 deadline for food suppliers of corporate brand products at Rimi, one of the leading retailers in the Baltic States. Certification targets are set for the corporate brand for Quality Assurance on 90% and for Social Compliance on 100% with the deadline of 2020 for food suppliers and manufacturers.

 

     ‘Dedication for sustainability and knowledge about food safety as well as agricultural and food technology is widespread in Latvia,’ said Irina Pilvere, Rector of Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies in her opening address. Kristian Moeller, CEO of GLOBALG.A.P. added, ‘And with the support of our new country partner, the Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Center, we have laid the foundation for a country-wide adoption of GLOBALG.A.P. standards.’

   GLOBALG.A.P. Certification is available for 3 scopes of production: Crops, Livestock, Aquaculture and consisting of a total of more than 40 standards. LOBALG.A.P. Certification covers Food safety and traceability, Environment (including biodiversity), Workers’ health, safety and welfare, Animal welfare, Integrated Crop Management (ICM), Integrated Pest Control (IPC),  Quality Management System (QMS), and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). More than 200 thousand manufacturers in 135 countries already have GLOBALG.A.P. certificate. More than 600 products can be certified.

    Ukraine was represented by Associate Professor of the Department of Standardization and Certification of Agricultural Products, Yulia Slyva, who presented NUBiP of Ukraine and USAID Agriculture and Rural Development Support Project on training specialists and development of methodological guidelines for GLOBALG.A.P. implementation in berry-growing, horticulture, vegetable-growing and potato-growing for Ukraine.

   The second day of the event was extraordinary. Members of GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR had an opportunity to get acquainted with procurement procedures of Rimi network and visit GETLINI EKO agricultural enterprise that grows vegetables in greenhouses. Interestingly, the greenhouses are located near the landfill for temporary storage of garbage. Garbage, after sorting, serves as biofuel for heating the greenhouse complex during the cold season.



     We express our sincere gratitude for the wonderful organization, the event and the opportunity to share this experience!

Vladyslav Sukhenko,
Head of the Department of Standardization and
Certification of Agricultural Products

 

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