May 29, 2014 – ZAHID BAIG – BR Report-
National Technical Working Group (NTWG) Livestock-Pakistan initiated local interpretation of GlobalG.A.P guidelines for livestock sector of Pakistan under the umbrella of Agribusiness Support Fund (ASF) with the support of USAID-Pakistan. The National Technical Working Group (NTWG) Livestock is a platform to harmonise certification activities within Pakistan through ASF which is a local Secretariat for GLOBALG.A.P Germany.
The National Technical Working Group, organized and facilitated by ASF, consists of a pool of experts and stakeholders from the public and private sector. The local interpretation of GlobalG.A.P protocols makes the certification process easier and NTWG held its first meeting to launch working in this regard, explained a spokesman of ASF here on Wednesday.
GlobalG.A.P is a widely recognised international certification body responsible for setting voluntary standards ascertaining the promotion of safe and sustainable agriculture. Organisations and farms ensuring the implementation of GlobalG.A.P principles and standards are considered to give paramount importance to food safety and ensure promotion of responsible farming techniques and methodology. Farms across the world that have complied with GlobalG.A.P regulations have shown a great increase in revenues and have expanded their export markets.
ASF, since its inception has been an organisation that serves as a platform leading to the introduction and the inculcation of progressive farming in the agriculture dominated Pakistani economy. ASF has been an active member of the GLOBALG.A.P Germany since 2007. GLOBALG.A.P. Germany awarded ASF the status of ‘Host’ in Pakistan for three NTWGs, ie Fruit and Vegetable, Livestock and Aquaculture. ASF has played a foundational role in the development of the agri-related business of Pakistan and has enabled the enterprises within the agriculture sector to employ modern techniques and practices and build within themselves the different skills, know-how, expertise and market understanding required by a fast-changing economic environment and to improve their productivity, profitability, competitiveness and creditworthiness.