A workshop on the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) system was conducted at the meeting hall of the Agriculture Department in Nay Pyi Taw on Sunday to encourage farmers and agricultural agents to produce safe crops. The workshop was jointly held by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, the Agriculture Department, the vegetable and plant bio-technology branch and the Nay Pyi Taw Region Agricultural Department Office with the aim of establishing free trade with international countries, attaining the GAP certificate for the crops and for the public to consume nutritious vegetables.
“Currently, the paddy and bean market are losing in the market because the land is not being used efficiently. We need more agricultural good practice,” said U Hla Myint Aung, the Deputy Director-General from the Agriculture Department, in his opening speech.
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is a voluntary audit that verify that fruits and vegetables are produced and packed as safely as possible to minimise risks of microbial food safety hazards. Some farmers are using fertilizer and pesticide when they are growing crops and vegetable. Some people consuming those crops and vegetables are becoming unhealthy. If we are growing the crops and vegetables with the use of GAP system, we have to test the heavy metal content of the land and water, said U Hla Myint Aung.
“We do not mean that in the GAP system is not allowed to use the fertilizer and pesticide. But we should use fertilizer and pesticide in the right way. So that people can consume healthy food as well as so we can penetrate the international market,” said U Tin Oo Kyine, a regional officer.
Currently, paddy, sesame, green bean, urad bean, corn, onion, watermelon, tomato, melon, cabbage, mango, pomelo, avocado, chili and coffee crops have already had GAP protocol processing from the agricultural department.
The agriculture department will offer training courses and discussions to farmers across the country about how to use the GAP agricultural system.