GLOBALGAP is a protocol based on the production of Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) and originates from an initiative of leading European chain supermarkets. The GLOBALGAP protocol mainly applied to farms that produce and standardize fruits and vegetables. The big advantage of GLOBALGAP is that becoming a global manufacturing protocol (with ever increasing applications in most countries and markets) provides international recognition and is the passport for exports of Greek products.
GLOBALGAP Protocol can be applied either to individual producers (Option 1) or a producer group (Option 2) in the following areas of agricultural activity:
- Crop production (fruits & vegetables, ornamental flowers and flower crops, coffee, tea),
- Nurseries propagating,
- Animal production (dairy, cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry),
Objectives of the implementation of GLOBALGAP Protocol:
- The production of safe products for consumers,
- Protecting the health of producers,
- The safety and product safety in the handling of the harvest until the sale of,
- The sustainability of the environment and its application for integrated control of pest and diseases,
- Enforcement of existing legislation and Codes of Good Agricultural Practice,
- Ensure the crop yields and the income of the Producer,
- Compliance with the standards of products both in the producing country and the destination country of manufactured products,
- Responding to the demand of consumers for safe food production.
Advantages of application of the Protocol GLOBALGAP:
- International safeguards and ensure the production of an independent accredited certification body, that the products are safe for consumption,
- Creating competitive advantage and value added products over conventional,
- Is a strategic tool for the organization and operation of agricultural,
- Documented environmental protection where the working farms are being,
- Rational use of pesticides and fertilizers as a result of documented and controlled applications,
- Protection and safety of the health of producers and workers on the farm.