Next week, Kenya will hold a Global Gap Tour Stop conference that has attracted over 500 industry players in production and export mainly dealing with fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and related sub-sectors.
The event -that will run from 30th October to 1st November- is being organized by an international food safety certification body, Global G.A.P. (Good Agricultural Practices), a local company, Rootooba and hosted by the Kenya Agricultural Livestock Research Organization (KALRO).
In a press release prior to the conference, stakeholders, in the agriculture industry as well as the public will be able to learn more on the GLOBALG.A.P. which is the most widely used on-farm food safety system worldwide, in the fresh food supply chain.
The demand by small and mid-scale producers in Kenya and Africa wanting to understand the relevance of the GLOBALG.A.P. System for international, regional and local markets is increasing.
Dr. Charity Mutegi from KALRO said that compliance to Good Agricultural Practices (G.A.P) has become a prerequisite for access to not only international markets but also regional and domestic markets that are increasingly focusing on exerting safety standards. “Small and Medium Scale producers who need to access and maintain these markets must therefore comply with GAP requirements at the minimum”, she told The Kenya News.
In particular, Dr. Mutegi said producers of fresh fruits and vegetables, avocado, herbs, macadamia, grains, tubers, coffee and tea in the eastern African region who want to improve their farm operations, safety, quality and traceability to claim a market share in the lucrative international markets require GAP.