The Global GAP Certification team that recently trained Gweru farmers to grow a variety of horticulture crops for export is in Gweru to help the farmers who responded wish to be evaluated for consideration for certification under the programme.
The programme coordinator Mr. Taurai Matyora said that the programme is considering those farmers with tomatoes and fine beans ready for the market for MRL testing to be evaluated and help to get the Global GAP for free under the EU/ SADC TRF facility.
The programme consultant and trainer Mrs. Yvonne Dzuda Consultant GAP added that “for summer Global Gap audit the crop will be fine beans and these same growers will be automatically included in the group for the addition to scope audit to add the winter Pea crop.” Adding that the, “that the grower is not limited to just these crops.”
Mr. Matyora said that, “as discussed during the training, they will be a few farmers who will be assisted to be global gap certified. There are a few conditions necessary for one to part of these. One must fulfill the following conditions: “Senior Management Commitment is important. The need for modifications on changes to infrastructure and also purchase of equipment, sending samples for tests for soil and water analysis and medical tests for those handling spraying chemicals will require adequate resources. Also, the formulation of policies and procedure requires management involvement.
Mr. Matyora said that his team is in “Gweru today for MRL sample collection and initial farmer selection like what was promised in the last training”, adding that, “those who are selected or who have volunteered and “must put up the required infrastructure according to the requirements below:
- Site history knowledge. Well identified field blocks.
- Soil maps and water maps.
- Permits for water use.
- Good suitable fertilizer storage and stock records and fertilizer use records.
- Good suitable chemical storage and suitable Protective Clothing for sprayers in adequate numbers. Stock records and chemical use records.
- Fire-fighting equipment in adequate numbers.
- Access to printing facilities to generate required records.
- Produce crates available in good numbers.
- Good storage facility for harvested produce.
- Baggage area for workers’ bags and resting area for workers.
- Suitable vehicle for transporting produce from field to packing facility.
- Suitable vehicle for transporting produce from packing facility to airport.
- Adequate field toilets with handwashing facilities.
- Adequate toilets at produce handling facility (Packhouse).
- Adequate hand washing facilities at packhouse.
- Adequate packaging materials in the packhouse.
- Adequate equipment/ items for cleaning packhouse tables and crates etc.
- Good pest control program at packing facility.
- Availability of first aiders in adequate numbers and first aid kits.
- Energy use records: ZESA use records; diesel and petrol use.
By Francis Bingandadi Managing Editor AgriSeason