December 24-26, Thimphu: Thirty one officials including from the agriculture, BAFRA and Mountain Hazelnut attended a three-day training course on Training of Trainers (ToT) and Auditors on implementation of Bhutan Good Agricultural Practices (BhutanGAP) at Chuniding Resort.
BhutanGAP standard specifies the requirements of GAP with respect to all types of agricultural produce covering activities such as production, harvesting and post-harvest handling of farm produce and pack-house operations. FAO defines GAP as a collection of principles that needs to apply on farms to ensure food safety and deals with good practices applicable until the farm gate.
The Department of Agriculture (DoA) as the BhutanGAP scheme owner is promoting the implementation of BhutanGAP standard and has identified four major cash crops: Apple, Potato, Mandarin and Hazelnut for the initial implementation in selected gewogs.
BAFRA is the third-party certification body for BhutanGAP and is accredited to ISO/IEC 17065 (Conformity assessment-requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services) for food product certification. BAFRA is in the process of extending its accreditation scope to include organic and BhutanGAP certification.
The training will established a pool of trainers for effective implementation of BhutanGAP and a pool of auditors for certification of BhutanGAP products. Mr. Atish Kumar Sen, the Food Safety Expert and Trainer/Lead Auditor for GAP was the resource person.
Submitted by BAFRA
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