2 – 6 March 2020, Phuentsholing: A five-day Awareness Training on BhutanGAP Standard and Certification Process Requirements is being organized by Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, with funding support from the EU-RDCCRP allocated for BhutanGAP Accreditation.
A total of thirty officials from the Department of Agriculture (DoA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Farm Machinery Corporation Limited (FMCL) and BAFRA are attending the training.
The Offtg. Director General of BAFRA, in his opening remarks, conveyed through the coordinating team, highlighted the importance of implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to ensure food safety and quality at the primary production and post-production processes. He also mentioned that, production of safe food is essential for protecting consumers from the hazards of food-borne illnesses and is important, both in the domestic food businesses as well as for gaining competitiveness in export markets. He urged all the participants to actively take part in the training program so that the implementation of BhutanGAP at the farm level is successful.
The main objective of the training is to acquaint BAFRA and Agriculture Extension Officers on the requirements of certification process for implementation of BhutanGAP. The trained Agriculture Extension Officer will be responsible to facilitate the producer or producer’s group for BhutanGAP implementation, while BAFRA officials will be involved as auditors in third-party certification. Through this activity, it is expected to kick start the successful implementation of BhutanGAP certification.
The training methodology comprised of presentations by resource persons from DoA and BAFRA, plenary discussions and structured group exercises on the BhutanGAP Standard, BhutanGAP Manual and Farmer’s Diary for Implementation of BhutanGAP.
For the initial implementation of BhutanGAP Standard, the Department of Agriculture has identified four potential cash crops namely Apple, Potato, Mandarin and Hazelnut.
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