Good agricultural practices for safe production of mango and tomato


Event

On 5th and 6th August 2018, SNV organised a refresher Training of Trainers (ToT) on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) at Ashrai Research and Training Centre (ARTC), Paba, Rajshahi. The participants were Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officers (SAAOs) of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), field staff, Quality Control staff, Supply Chain Management staff and Senior Manager of agro-processing company PRAN and SNV field facilitators. This GAP ToT will provide knowledge on good agricultural practices to guide the 10,000 farmers to produce safe mango and tomato. The farmers are the beneficiaries of the project “Improving consumer awareness and access to certified safe tomato and mango products in Bangladesh” funded by the European Commission.

S.M. Mostafizur Rahman, Additional Director, DAE, Rajshahi Region, under Ministry of Agriculture, inaugurated the ceremony and discussed the significance of GAP in Bangladesh. Dr. A.S.M. Abdur Razzak, DD (Ex. PD), DAE Dhaka, presented on the importance of GAP and different modules included in it. He also shared his experiences, challenges and the way forward on practical implementation of GAP and internal control system. Md. Monjurul Haque, DTO, DAE, Rajshahi discussed the major diseases found in mango. Md. Abdul Wadud, ADD (Crop), DAE, Rajshahi discussed the management and production technology of tomatoes. Dr. Md. Alim Uddin, PSO, FRC, Rajshahi spoke about major insect pests in mangos and their management. Dr. Bimal Kumar Pramanik, ADD, DAE, Natore highlighted the insects and diseases found in tomatoes and how to handle them. Md. Mozdar Hossain, ADD (Plant Protection), DAE Rajshahi gave a presentation on safety norms for the correct use and management of the plant protection products and personal protection equipment. Kamruzzaman Titu, PRAN Senior Manager, Natore Factory expressed the necessity of implementation of good agricultural practices for safe production of horticultural produces in Bangladesh.

Md. Rafiqul Islam, DD, DAE Natore, mentioned in his closing speech that GAP is a huge task and very important for ensuring food safety in Bangladesh and expressed his interest to work with SNV for sustainability of the project in the project areas, Rajshahi and Natore.

Mahbub Ullah, Project Coordinator of the project, conducting a session

Mahbub Ullah, Project Coordinator of the project, briefed on the objectives of GAP and requested the participants to share their learnings with their colleagues and farmers for successful implementation of GAP in the field in Rajshahi and Natore. Dr. Md. Shah Kamal Khan, Horticultural Expert & Course Coordinator, SNV, moderated the sessions. Food Safety Advisor Mahe Alam, M&E Advisor Rajwanul Haque and District Coordinator Saidur Rahman and SNV field staff facilitated the event.

The project is working on successful engagement with respective supply chain actors, i.e. 5,000 mango and 5,000 tomato farmers, hub-leaders, collectors, traders and agro-food processing companies to bring substantial change to tomato and mango processed food, i.e. Mango Juice, Mango Bar, Pickle, Tomato Sauce and Tomato Ketchup etc. The project targets over 12 million consumers in the Dhaka district, collaborating with other national associations and public agencies that are active in the horticulture sub-sector of the country.