Over 30 fruit and vegetable producers from the Republic of Moldova are taking part in training about the food safety requirements of the GLOBALG.AP and GRASP standards, which are required by the big supermarket chains in the European Union and the Middle East. The training is taking place from March 3 to March 6 and is organized by the USAID Agriculture Performance Project in Moldova (USAID / APM).
The implementation and certification of GLOBALG.AP and GRASP standards guarantees that the agricultural producer grows safe fruits and vegetables and is responsible with their employees. At the same time, the GLOBALG.AP certification allows fruits, grapes and vegetables to compete on the international market.
GLOBALG.AP is an international standard developed in Europe for agricultural producers, recognized by traders of agricultural products. The requirements of GLOBALG.AP cover the entire production process, from the selection of the land to the delivery of fruits and vegetables. The GLOBALG.AP standard ensures that the consumer will receive fruits and vegetables that are safe for consumption and which have been produced with a minimal impact on the environment. The company must also protect the health and safety of the workers, etc. Currently, about 130 countries implement GLOBALG.AP standards.
The Republic of Moldova's legislation already includes more than 75% of the GLOBALG.AP requirements.
GLOBALG.AP standards have been implemented in the Republic of Moldova since 2006. Since then, about 60 agricultural producers have been certified. In recent years, more and more agricultural producers in the Republic of Moldova, assisted by the USAID / APM Project, have shown their interest in implementing GLOBALG.AP standards, as it is a mandatory requirement for export to international markets. In 2019 alone, 36 agricultural producers obtained GLOBALG.AP certificates for the production of apples, plums and table grapes.