PRESS RELEASE – THE Ministry of Agriculture with technical support from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), through the Taiwan Technical Mission, has implemented a record-keeping book workshop.
The exercise, which included a donation of 600 Farm management record books to farmers, will help them achieve Global GAP certification.
All farmers wishing to access the international market are required to obtain Global Gap certification.
The program was launched at five brief ceremonies in Roseau, Mabouya Valley, Deglos, Micoud North and La Retraite in the south of the island on 15 Jan 2019.
Addressing the farmers was Mr. Mario Cheng, head of Taiwan Technical Mission.
Mr. Cheng pointed to the advantages associated with the record keeping and traceability. He says traceability gives the consumer confidence in product. It assures the consumer of the safety of the product. He urged the farmers to be diligent in their record keeping and ensure that all production and field practices of significance are accurately recorded.
“ We expect banana quality to improve as you obtain Global GAP certification standard. Through certification you can now access the international market and broaden your marketing options . At the same time, creating rich profits makes the banana industry proud of us.”
Attending the ceremony was Mr. Kerde Severin, Project Manager of Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP), he thanked the Taiwanese Technical Mission for their generosity and said that the farm management books will enable more farmers to access the international banana market.