A study trip on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification for a delegation from Myanmar was organised in Manila, Philippines from 5 – 9 June 2017 facilitated by the “Standards in the Southeast Asian Food Trade” (SAFT) project.
The purpose of this activity was for regulators from Myanmar to learn about the national PhilGAP accreditation and certification program, and apply the lessons learnt during the trip to their own national GAP program.
The Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) kindly hosted and organized the tour, which included presentations on the PhilGAP certification process by BPI staff, speaking to PhilGAP inspectors, visiting a PhilGAP certified farm as well as laboratories at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
This activity was designed to enhance peer to peer learning among ASEAN Member States. A similar tour will be organized for a delegation from the Philippines to visit the VietGAP facilities in Vietnam in August 2017.