REMINDERS WHEN GETTING GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES CERTIFICATION FOR CORN FARMING
Agriculture|March - April 2021
AS PER THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (DA), Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is a set of guidelines to ensure safety and quality in fruit and vegetable production. A webinar series hosted by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Central Luzon talks about these Good Agricultural Practices, particularly for corn farming.
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Jayvee Carillo, partnerships & accreditation services section chief of ATI Central Luzon, shared about the standards, certification requirements, and ways on how local farmers can produce safer corn yields through GAP.

ALL ABOUT GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES

While showing two identical photos of corn on-screen, Carillo asked, “How do you know which set of corn is safe, organic, and has a good quality?” Many viewers were puzzled about the difference between the photos. One viewer replied in Tagalog, “The corns in the photos are just the same.” The point here is that, in knowing which fruit or vegetable is safer to consume, the basis does not only depend on the appearance, but on the methods behind the production and handling of produce before they reach the market.

Standards from planting to handling corn after harvest are set by the government in order to know if a farm is qualified for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification. To be GAP-accredited, one must protect and ensure these four factors: environment, workers’ health and welfare, produce quality, and food safety. GAP is a certification that farmers can obtain, given that they comply with the requirements. At the same time, consumers can also identify the products that are safe for consumption through the GAP logo adhered to each piece of produce.

Carillo assures local farmers that it isn’t hard to qualify for GAP and all they need is to practice the minimum requirements provided.

GAP IN CORN FARMING

Next to rice, corn is another staple food in the Philippines that is widely raised and consumed, particularly in many parts of Visayas and Mindanao. With this, it is important to grow corn that is safe and healthy for the producers, consumers, and the environment.

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