Province works on the application of Good Agricultural Practices
19 Sep 2020
It is being carried out in conjunction with the Professional Council of Agricultural Sciences of Chubut.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Industry and Commerce of Chubut, through the Undersecretary of Agriculture, Claudio Mosqueira, met with the Agricultural Engineers of the Professional Council of Agricultural Sciences of Chubut, Jorge Salomone and Francisco Onofre, to advance the regulation of the exercise of the profession, enrollment and application of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
Said GAP that are mandatory as established in the Argentine Food Code (CAA), to ensure the quality and safety of fresh food, for fruit producers from 2/1/2020 and from 4/1/2021 for the horticultural sector.
After the meeting, the agronomist, Francisco Onofre pointed out that “the professionals are registered and now we want to reinforce the agreements we already have in order to preserve the environment, protect the consumer of food and the worker of the land.”
“The National Service for Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa) is the body in charge of training implementers, and other professions appear that do not have the skills to do, for example, the prescription or prescription of agrochemical products, which is contemplated by law Provincial No. 16 for that reason we must adjust the profiles ”, he added.
Salomone for his part, stressed that “this is linked to the use of agrochemicals, so that there is no harm to people’s health or the environment, an agronomic recipe must be used.”
In this sense, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Industry and Commerce, through the Chubut Concentrator Market, gave training for producers to register in the National Sanitary Registry of Agricultural Producers (RENSPA) that depends on Senasa, and obtain the Document of Vegetal Transit (DTV) that allows knowing the origin of the merchandise, from when it leaves the production establishment, and throughout the entire marketing chain.
Good farming practices
The basic requirements for GAP include the obligation to use phytosanitary products authorized by SENASA in their original containers and for permitted crops. These products must be stored in a specific deposit, locked, separated from other items and isolated from places where the crop is grown or where the harvested product is handled and / or preserved, in order to avoid the possibility of contamination.
The water to be used on the farm must meet the requirements established in the CAA for hygiene and personal consumption.
Organic fertilizers, amendments and substrates used acquired from third parties must be registered with Senasa, while those “produced by the person responsible for primary production must be subjected to treatment, composting or others, which minimize health risk.
The standard prohibits the use of sewage and septic tanks as organic amendments, and of organic amendments without treatment.
It also specifies that producers must have the assistance of a technician / professional to advise on the implementation of GAP. The training of technical assistants will be mandatory through a course with an official certificate and periodic updating.