GAP/GHP meeting held with mango plantation owners from Sagaing Region townships

Mango stands at the top of the list of exported agricultural products. Four GAP-certified mango plantations in Kanbalu Township. Photo: Aung Win Nyein (Kanbalu)
Mango stands at the top of the list of exported agricultural products. Four GAP-certified mango plantations in Kanbalu Township. Photo: Aung Win Nyein (Kanbalu)

A meeting with mango plantation owners from townships in Kanbalu District, Sagaing Region, was held at the district Consumer Affairs Department meeting hall on the morning of 20 April to raise their interest in organic farming and to export value-added local agricultural products to foreign markets.
At the meeting, head of district Agriculture Department U Win Shwe, head of district Consumer Affairs Department U Than Po and U Than Tun Oo from a township mango plantation explained and discussed Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) to minimise the risk of microbial food safety hazards in production, packaging, handling and storage of fruits and vegetables; staying away from the chemical ripening of mangoes; crimes and penalties prescribed in the National Food Law; and contacting departments to obtain agriculture techniques. They also responded to questions raised by attending mango plantation farmers, it is learnt.
All over the country, national crops such as rice, pulses and beans, oil crops, industrial crops and fruits are produced for local consumption and export. Among these agricultural products, mango stands at the top of the list of exported agricultural products. There are nearly 250,000 acres of mango plantations all over the country, and in the year 2016, nearly 500,000 tons of mangoes were produced for local consumption, as well as exported to Asian countries such as China, Singapore, Malaysia, Bhutan, Brunei, Maldives and European countries. According to mango merchants, mangoes are exported after tests are conducted for chemical and other contaminations, as well as cross border control against crop diseases.
Based on ASEAN GAP, a 16-point Myanmar GAP process has been drawn up, and up to 15 crops are being produced according to this process. U Than Tun Oo said there are four GAP-certified mango plantations in Kanbalu Township. — Aung Win Nyein (Kanbalu)

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