The crop training covers a number of principles which apply to on-farm production and post-production processes, resulting in safe and healthy food and non-food agricultural products while considering economic, social and environmental sustainability. The training includes food safety, environmental management, quality of production, workers’ health, safety & welfare as well as pest and disease prevention. Each crop training takes two days. Depending on the crop, it takes approximately four months of monitoring until the harvest period begins and certification can be issued.
The GAP programme was launched with the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation as well as with the local farmers’ community. To carry out this programme, METRO Myanmar hired a third-party training organisation, consisting of consultants, agronomists, project managers, marketers, business analysts and support staff working in multicultural, multidisciplinary teams. So far, METRO has established the programme in Aung Ban (Shan State) and Pwint Phyu (Magway Region) of Myanmar.