Nigeria Holds First Global G.A.P Meeting

 

Nigeria Holds First Global G.A.P Meeting

ABUJA 16 March 2018 – Nigeria held its first consultative meeting on standards for Global Good Agricultural Practices in Abuja on 15 March 2018 with the support of the National Quality Infrastructure Project for Nigeria (NQIP) which is funded by the European Union and implemented by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Global G.A.P, which stands for Global Good Agricultural Practices, is the global standard for good agricultural practice. As a follow up to the Conduits of Excellence (CoE), UNIDO-NQIP is looking to introduce the Global G.A.P standard in Nigeria. The conditions for the establishment of Global G.A.P in any country is the presence of a technical working group on Global G.A.P. In order to meet these conditions, Nigeria held its first consultative meeting with agribusiness stakeholders aimed at establishing a national technical working group. The meeting was facilitated by UNIDO-NQIP and a representative from Global G.A.P.

In attendance were representatives from public and organized private sectors including from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA). In her remarks, the President of NACCIMA said Nigeria’s recent exit from an economic recession has “reawakened consciousness of the immense prospects in the non-oil sector of the economy.”

Other key points discussed at the meeting included the development of a National Interpretation Guideline for local interpretation of the worldwide G.A.P standard, supporting local g.a.p and Global G.A.P certification in Nigeria and electing a host for the Global G.A.P National Technical Working Group.

Earlier in March 2018, 3-day training sessions were organised in Lagos and Abuja during which participants visited farms for demonstrations on Global G.A.P guidelines. Beneficiaries included farmers, consultants, processors, storage providers and agri-produce transporters.

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