Viet Nam’s dragon fruit also called as pitaya is a common fruit in Asian countries. Despite the fact that the fruit was imported to Viet Nam by the French more than a century ago, it was offered to the market only in the 1980s. Through markets are suitable for choice, but Vietnamese dragon fruit farmers and producers should have the international standards to gap opportunity especially the Global gap dragon fruit certification.
Dragon fruit
1. What is Global gap dragon fruit?
Global gap dragon fruit is an internationally recognized set of standards for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Through certification, manufacturers demonstrate the implementation of their Global gap dragon fruit standards. For consumers and retailers, the Global gap dragon fruit certification is a guarantee that food meets acceptable levels of safety and quality, and that the production process is proven to be sustainable and relevant. Focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of workers, the environment, and taking into account the “welfare” issues of livestock. Without this guarantee, agricultural producers may be rejected by the market. The Bureau Veritas Certification Authority understands all of these issues and can make the necessary assessments to help the company achieve its Global Gap certification.
Global gap dragon fruit affords the dragon fruit farmer get center stock is accessible for 3 breadth of construction: Crops, Livestock, Aquaculture and including a sum of height that is higher than 40 models.
Global gap dragon fruit is an internationally recognized set of standards for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
2. Standards
Global gap dragon fruit has 252 standards, including 36 mandatory 100% compliance standards, 127 compliant 95% compliance criteria, and 89 recommendations recommended.
Europe gap products are products that, when being sold or circulated on the market, must meet the standards of food hygiene and safety, which must be of clear origin in order to be traceable. All producers, distributors, distributors are jointly responsible for their products to all domestic and foreign customers.
To achieve Global gap (or certification) standards, producers, harvesters, processors, and consumers must establish a system of food safety inspection and supervision that begins at the farm level to harvest, process and store. For example, to clean the soil, to ensure the safety of the water source; Selection of disease-free plant varieties and animals; Selection of production materials (fertilizers, pesticides, veterinary drugs, animal feeds …) must also ensure that the drugs in the list, mainly organic substances are safe for human beings use. In addition, stakeholders must document the entire production process, from seedling to harvesting and preservation to prevent emergencies such as food poisoning or chemical residues, exceeding thresholds and traceability.
Global gap dragon fruit has 252 standards, including 36 mandatory 100% compliance standards, 127 compliant 95% compliance criteria, and 89 recommendations recommended
3. The certification process for Global gap dragon fruit is carried out in the following steps:
– Determine the scope of certification.
– Evaluate (optional) to assess the current status of the farm.
– Certification review (certification): Verify that the business meets the requirements of Global gap dragon fruit.
– The certification is valid for 1.0 years from the date of certification.
– Re-certification to track conformance and regular improvement process.
Steps to get Global gap dragon fruit certification
4. The basic goal of Global gap dragon fruit
The basic ambition of Global gap is food security and traceability. In addition, the Global gap also addresses other issues such as safety, health, and welfare for workers and environmental protection. Global gap-compliant agricultural products that are globally recognized (certified) must undergo a rigorous, best-of-breed operation control system, at an additional cost, and significant fees. Certified products will be easy to consume, easy to circulate in every market in the world. In some countries, standard products will give higher returns than conventional products of the same type.
The basic goal of Global gap dragon fruit
5. Key benefits of Global gap certification
– Demonstrate to customers (retailers, traders, importers) that their products are manufactured according to good agricultural practices.
– Create a trust for the consumer.
– Ensure market penetration.
– Increased operational efficiency and competitiveness.
– Apply processes to continuous improvement.
– Reduce second-party inspections of farms as most major retailers accept this certification.
Global gap certification is very important
6. The implementation of Global gap dragon fruit in Vietnam
As of 1 September 2009, the EU has applied uniform standards to limit pesticide residues in food stuffs throughout Europe to ensure consumer safety and to ease trade and imports. EU pesticide residue legislation lists about 1,100 species used in agriculture within and outside the EU. The important principle of this new law is that food safety will be prioritized over plant protection.
In recent years, the Government and relevant ministries have paid much attention to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Food Hygiene and Safety. However, according to data of the Department of Plant Protection (2008), the area of agricultural production in accordance with safety procedures (GAP) of the country only reached about 5%.
Dragon fruit washing
Starting from the industrialization and modernization of the agricultural sector in Vietnam, more and more companies, production groups, cooperatives or households have demand for applying Global gap in the fields of planting farming, animal husbandry, aquaculture, etc … to the fastidious market such as USA, Europe, Australia, Japan … to push the production and improve the value of the product. Here are some brief examples of organizations that have successfully implemented Global gap:
Hoang Hau Dragon Fruit Company (Binh Thuan) has produced 80,000ha of Global gap dragon fruit (including 3 Hoang Hau Farms of 45ha, Xuan Vinh Farm of 22.5ha and Ngoc Le Farm of 18ha) and built the European BRC standard pack house on the basis of linkage with Global gap dragon fruit farms, which annually exported dragon fruits worth nearly $ 5 million.
Hoa Loc My Xuong Mango Cooperative (Cao Lanh, Dong Thap) is producing mangos according to Global gap standards. Currently, cooperatives have signed a contract with Sanatra Company of Japan to export 5-10 tons of Hoa Loc mango Global gap standards with a continuous supply of 5-7 months/year (Department of Crop Production, 2012).
In addition, in the Mekong Delta, there is a milk powder Vinh Kim for 7ha has been certified to Global gap standards.
Thus, in order to enter the EU market, the United States and other countries must produce the Global gap standard in order to expand the market. Therefore, the Global gap is needed and increasingly important – the Global gap as a “basic entry” that the Supplier must present to the Retailers, Importers, and Processors in the countries. Currently, some products are certified Global gap in our country such as Lo Ren Breweries, Cho Gao dragon fruit, Tan Lap (Tien Giang), Cho Lach rambutan (Ben Tre) … receive the signal Good from domestic and foreign markets.