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January 30 2018, 09:55 Trend

Uzbek agro producers get easy access to international certification

Uzbek companies planning to enter global market can obtain international GLOBALG.A.P. certificates spending less time and money as the national standard of Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P.) based on requirements of GLOBALG.A.P. has been developed and introduced in the country, the UNDP Office in Tashkent said in a message on Jan. 29.

GLOBAL G.A.P. is an internationally recognized set of standards ensuring food safety and compliance with quality and technical requirements.

Presently, agricultural producers in more than 124 countries around the world are under GLOBALG.A.P. certification, and the total number of certified producers exceeds 180,000, of which 75 percent offer crop products (vegetables and fruits).

To enter the world market, food producers need to assure that their product is grown in safe conditions and meet environmental requirements. They need to comply with the standards of chemicals use and rational use of natural resources and providing decent work environment for employees.

Through implementation of the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard a producer demonstrates openness and responsibility for its products.

Compliance with the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard will make it easier for farmers to access foreign markets and increase revenues. Consumers will be able to receive quality and safe agricultural products, and employees of agricultural companies will be provided with decent working conditions. Furthermore, the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard requires producers to take an environmental approach in their activities and take care of preserving the environment.

Since 2015, UNDP’s "Aid for Trade" project has been working on easing access of local agro products to foreign markets through promoting international standards in product certification.

The initiative of UNDP and the Government of Uzbekistan on the development of international trade to increase incomes and create jobs is carried out in accordance with the Strategy of Action for Development of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021, as well as with the global activities of UNDP to assist countries in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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