The Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center through its Contract Trading Department recently conducted an Installation of Internal Control System (ICS) to farmer groups in Buguias and Kibungan, Benguet.
As one of the requirements of GAP certification, the training developed a manual for the Lengaoan Indigenous Farmers Credit Cooperative (LIFCC) and Madaymen Good Agricultural Practices Association (MGAPA). The manual contains relevant data needed to advance in the GAP certification process.
Aside from the installation of ICS, the LIFCC and MGAPA are also expected to construct simple facilities such as composting area, nursery, toilet and packaging center.
Contract Trading Department managing director Frederick Edeco narrated that both organizations agreed to construct centralized nurseries and packaging centers in their respective areas where BAPTC will help in monitoring their GAP practices and other developments.
The LIFCC and MGAPA are two of the accredited organizations to pass Institutional Market requirements in BAPTC’s quest to link farmers to institutional markets. Both organizations are specifically tapped to supply carrots, white potato, cabbage, onion leeks, radish and all kinds of lettuces to two well- known restaurants in the Philippines.
“BAPTC will aid in monitoring LIFCC and MGAPA’s compliance to the PhilGAP standards with 6 major commodities expected from them.” Edeco said.
On the other hand, The PhilGAP certifying body headed by the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) continues to formulate & enforce standards of quality in the processing, preservation, packaging, labeling, importation, exportation, distribution and advertising of agricultural and fisheries products. The agency also conduct research on product standardization, and alignment of the local standards with the international standards. // Danica Tomin