Davao-based banana companies cited for good agri practices-A A +A
Thursday, May 2, 2013
CAVENDISH banana producer and exporter Tagum Agricultural Development Company Inc. (Tadeco), the first to obtain Philippine Good Agricultural Practices (PhilGap) certification in 2012, made it again in 2013. Its expansion in Pantukan is Philippines' second PhilGap certified cavendish banana plantation.
Tadeco is joined by its sister company, the Anflo Banana Corporation (Anflo) to obtain such certification.
Tadeco and Anflo are the only producers and exporters of cavendish banana to have been able to successfully secure the PhilGap certification. Both companies operate under the Anflocor Group of Companies, which has business ventures mainly in agriculture and logistics.
PhilGap is primarily designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by assuring food safety, minimizing detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, and ensuring a responsible approach to worker’s health, safety, welfare and hygiene.
The PhilGap certification assessors from the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards of the Department of Agriculture regularly visit Anflo and Tadeco for purposes of monitoring, inspection and validation. The assessors evaluate standards of quality in the processing of cavendish bananas in the farms. Packing houses, storerooms, warehouses and field operations are assessed including the records, worker’s safety, and hygiene and sanitation practices.
Tadeco and Anflo were found to have met the high standards of the Department of Agriculture’s Code of Good Agricultural Practices.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 03, 2013.