In a bid to stamp out sub-standard agricultural produce in the country, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has set up a committee to enhance the quality of agricultural produce in Nigeria.
At the inauguration of the National Technical Working Group (NTWG) in Abuja, UNIDO’s Chief Technical Adviser, National Quality Infrastructure Project, Nigeria, Dr Shaukat Malik said the NTWG was formulated to render assistance to farmers in
producing quality farm yields to meet international standard.
Malik said the NTWG was instituted from the Global Partnership for Good Agricultural Practice (GLOBALG.A.P.) initiative, adding that the group is focused on developing an action plan for the implementation of good agricultural produce in the country.
He says, “GLOBALG.A.P. is a farm assurance programme that translates consumer requirements into good agricultural practice.
“It is safe methods requirements in line with good agricultural practice under the framework of the National Quality Infrastructure Project for Nigeria.”
Malik added that the aim of GLOBALG.A.P. is to end farmers’ crisis by ensuring top notch retailers’ supplier standard.
“It is now the world’s most widely implemented farm certification scheme. Most European customers for agricultural products now demand evidence of EUREPGAP certification as a prerequisite for doing business,” he added.
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Reiterating on the aim of the group, the GLOBALG.A.P., Senior Expert on Training, Dr Friedrich Ludeke, noted that the objective of the group was to harmonise certification activities.
“Activities of the group would be to translate the official GLOBALG.A.P. documents into languages used in the country.
“Agriculture is at the heart of Nigerian economy and that foods like vegetable must be certified before exportation.
“Good agricultural practice would not only address export products but also the food consumed locally,” Ludeke said.
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