62 Romanian fruit and vegetable crops will be internationally certified for quality this year, following the national program launched by Kaufland Romania to develop local farmers, a press release informs.
It’s about GLOBALG.A.P., an internationally recognized set of farming standards specific to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). A common standard for farm management practice created in the late 1990s by several European supermarket chains and their major suppliers. This provides manufacturers, among others, access to several new sales markets – both local and international, allowing Romanian products’ export worldwide.
The crops belong to the 18 Romanian farmers who have graduated the program developed by Kaufland Romania during January-March 2017, in partnership with specialized consultants. The producers benefited from educational workshops, analytics activities applied in the field and customized development plans. All 18 producers receive financial support from Kaufland Romania to get certified.
Among Romanian crops whose quality will be internationally recognized this year are: potatoes, onions, eggplantd, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, beetroot, parsnips, carrots, peppers, lettuce, spinach, greens, mushrooms, black radishes, watermelons, melons, celery, cauliflower, squash, peas, squash – and fruits such as apples, pears, quince, plums, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches and apricots.
All these products GLOBALG.A.P. certified will be available on Kaufland stores’ shelves in Romania. The first certification will take place this May along with the harvesting of the first yields – cherries and strawberries.
Currently, there are only 80 producers holding individual GLOBALG.A.P certifications in Romania and following the program, their number will increase by over 20 percent. Worldwide, over 160,000 farms in 124 countries have certification, and 60 percent of them come from Europe.