AP CM launches INDGAP certification to better farmers’ prospects
Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday launched INDGAP verification programme, a certification scheme which enables farmers to export their produce with quality standards, helping them command a premium price both domestically and overseas.
Launched in collaboration with the Quality Council of India (QCI), the verification programme furthers the prospects of farmers’ crop yield in more 100 hundred countries, including in Europe and the United States of America (USA). .
“Other countries recognise the GAP certification given to farmers in our country as INDGAP certification. In the coming days, the INDGAP certification standards will be aligned with the global GAP certification standards,” said a state government release.
Individual farmers as well as farmers groups can procure this certification, which is provided by the Andhra Pradesh State Organic Products Certification Authority (APSOPCA) in the southern state.
Further, AP has launched an FAO – TCP programme titled Sustainable Agri-Food Systems to implement INDGAP.