A Technical Committee has been established here to work on the preparation of National Standards for Good Agricultural Practices – GAP.
The Committee was established by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishery, Rural Transformation, and Industry
The Committee is comprised of representatives from organizations with experience and/or interest in the Agricultural Sector.
The Good Agricultural Practices address environmental, economic and social sustainability for on-farm processes and result in safe and quality food and non-food agricultural products.
A release from the Standards Bureau says in recent years, the concept of GAP has evolved to address the concerns of different stakeholders about food production and security, food safety and quality, and the environmental sustainability of agriculture.
It says adoption of Good Agricultural Practices will help promote sustainable agriculture and contribute to meeting national and international environmental and social development objectives.
Once these GAP standards have been prepared, then a farmers’ registration and certification program will be put in place to ensure compliance with these standards and that only safe and wholesome agricultural products are traded and consumed.