Monday, September 25, 2017

Good farming guidelines could boost exports: MAS

New guidelines being introduced will help Myanmar export fruit to other ASEAN countries and beyond, government agriculture experts say.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation says the national guidelines for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for the production of fresh fruit and vegetables will emerge by the end of 2010.

Once the guidelines are in place, the Myanmar Agriculture Service (MAS), which is part of the ministry, will be able to issue GAP certificates for fresh fruit and vegetable production.

“The GAP certificate will be necessary in order to export fresh fruit and vegetables to other ASEAN countries by 2012,” a MAS official said.

The aim of the guidelines is to improve quality and to prevent or reduce the hazards of inadequate food safety. They also take into account environmental impact and worker health, safety and welfare.

“The ministry organised meetings in December and February to discuss the national guidelines. ASEAN guidelines for GAP already exist. We just need to modify them for use in Myanmar,” the official said.

The ministry is also promoting farmers’ awareness about GAP in Mandalay and Sagaing divisions and Shan State, and organising lectures in seven state agricultural institutes.