5th November 2019 - Kuala Lumpur.
The agriculture supply chain and management course attracted many people who are interested in exporting agricultural products. There were 5 lecturers invited to the course to present the 5 main aspects of international agricultural export trade. The major problem of farmers in Malaysia is the fact that they don’t earn enough income on average, even though they are working extremely hard every day to grow the crops that should be enough to sustain them. This has indirectly caused Malaysia’s crops to lack international competitiveness. One major drawback is the price higher than imported agricultural products. Moreover, the exchange rate has also proven to be a difficulty to the competitiveness of our agricultural products in the international market.
Next up is the Malaysian Good Agricultural Practice (MyGAP), which everyone is interested in learning more about. The lecturer mentioned that the MyGAP’s standard application process must take 3 to 6 months to complete. At present, the biggest challenge facing MyGAP is insufficient publicity, and as a result many people still do not understand the benefits of MyGAP. Therefore, relevant units are thinking about ways to promote MyGAP to the international level.
Getting MyGAP is just like getting ASEANGAP; the crops holding this certificate can be exported to foreign countries without interruption. In addition to promoting MyGAP, relevant units are also working hard to promote GlobalGAP, hoping to enter the European market in order to let more people learn more about this international certification. Therefore, to help introduce this certification to the world, they will need to promote it domestically, but more so on the international market, and only then will the certification help farmers export their goods internationally.
The lecturer also emphasised the benefits of MyGAP: not only does it certifies food safety and quality of exports, but also ensures that your fruits and vegetables are not contaminated, increasing consumer confidence. That’s because the authorities need to learn about every material used in the planting process, as the audit is very strict about it.
It is also the government’s hope to effectively control the crop plating process through MyGAP, and also learn about whether farmers use excessive pesticides in the process. After applying for MyGAP certification, government officials will send staff each year to ensure that it is operating in accordance with specifications.
In addition to the certification part, the lecturer also specifically mentioned the importance of the tracking system. Once you discover that your fruits or vegetables are rotten or any other problems, you can trace its source through the tracking system. It can instantly find which part of the process went wrong and deal with it immediately.
Different vegetables and fruits must have established product packaging, and they must meet the standards in order for them to be exported abroad. The course also mentions the method to apply for exporting your crops and even the amount of time needed for the application, and it varies between every fruit. In addition to applying for MyGAP, you will also need to apply for MPPO before your crops can be exported. The purpose of this is for inspection by personnel in the local department of the importing country. Both certificates must be handed in for the process of preparation to be completed.