"The standard contains over 200 guidelines, most of which can be well explained to the Dutch grower. There are also requirements for which it's difficult to explain what purpose they serve, so growers find those to be an administrative burden. And because the Dutch grower doesn't just have a GlobalGAP certificate, but also a Tesco Nature certificate, a QS certificate and other protocols that include these burdens, the Dutch grower spends too much time on this.
As an example, Albert points to the monthly obligatory stock-taking of the amount of fertilizers: "That takes a grower 15 minutes. The same goes for taking stock of crop protection. Before you know it, all that registration takes up half a working day. In addition, the grower has to take note of the weather conditions for every spraying. If he deploys crop protection with dry weather, but the weather report shows a chance of 50% rain that day, the auditor has something to clarify."
So Albert calls on GlobalGAP to cut down on administrative burden, and focus as much as possible on the many good stipulations in the certificate. "The rules for storage of spraying equipment, for instance. That shouldn't endanger the product. In addition, version 5 says harvesting containers can't be used to store things like DIY equipment or the weekly groceries. There are also clear guidelines for the registration of post harvesting, and where the grower used to have to execute at least 1 measure of choice in integrated crop protection, that's two now."
All in all, Albert believes the paper tiger can definitely show its teeth: "I expect many a grower will have steam coming out their ears when reading some of the new guidelines. But at the end of 2016, they will be the owner of a certificate that complies with GlobalGAP version 5."