In 2020, about 30 producers of fruits and grapes in Moldova are completing an audit to obtain certificates GLOBALG.A.P. and GRASP.
This was announced by the USAID Effective Agriculture in Moldova (USAID / APM) project, noting that obtaining certificates will indicate that their products meet safety and quality requirements and have been produced with care for the environment, and companies are socially responsible in relation to their employees. GLOBALG.A.P standards have been introduced in Moldova for more than 15 years and since then about 70 agricultural producers have been certified, and most of them annually confirmed their compliance with the necessary requirements. More than half of the entrepreneurs with GLOBALG.A.P. certificates received assistance in the implementation of standards from the USAID project "Effective Agriculture in Moldova". Agricultural enterprises are interested in obtaining GLOBALG.A.P. and GRASP certificates, as more and more importers from the European Union and the Middle East demand confirmation of the implementation of these standards. Thus, these certificates have become a prerequisite for growers who want to export their fruits, grapes or vegetables. Andrei Cumpanici, USAID / APM project specialist, said that an audit of the implementation of GLOBALG.A.P and GRASP standards is currently underway in the production of apples and table grapes. Cherry and plum producers have been audited and are already certified. In addition to GLOBALG.A.P. certificates, Moldovan manufacturers are increasingly interested in the GRASP certificate, which is an additional standard confirming the compliance of the company's employees with European requirements. Since 2018, when the first 2 farmers were GRASP certified in Moldova, the number of GRASP certified farms has increased to about 20. A prerequisite for states with more than 20 GRASP certified entrepreneurs is to have national guidelines on interpretation for the implementation of this standard. To this end, the USAID / APM project has developed the GLOBALG.A.P. National Interpretation Guidelines. GRASP in Moldova, recently published on the international platform www.globalgap.com https://www.globalgap.org/.content/.galleries/documents/200904_GRASP-Interpretation_GL_V1_3_Moldova_en.pdf. Subsequently, instructions will also be available in Romanian.// 16.09.2020 — InfoMarket.