Good Agricultural practices


Good Agricultural Practices are a set of requirements to apply for on-farm production and post-production processes, resulting in safe production of food by ensuring sustainable and commercial viability of Agricultural production and environmental protection.

GAPs may be applied to a wide range of farming systems and at different scales. They are applied through sustainable agricultural methods, such as integrated pest management, integrated fertilizer management etc. They rely on four principles:

  • Economically and efficiently produce sufficient safe and nutritious food
  • Sustain and enhance natural resources;
  • Maintain viable farming enterprises and contribute to sustainable livelihoods;
  • Meet cultural and social demands of society.
  • Sustain Environmental protection

Global GAP


The GLOBALG.A.P standard is primarily designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimizing detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to workers health and safety.

      GLOBALG.A.P serves as a practical manual for Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P.) anywhere in the world.
      With the increasing awareness amongst the consumers about food safety and quality, it has been found necessary to implement Global GAP you can find more information in the presentation.
      GlobalGAP was setup initially by European Retailers and other stake holders as voluntarily standard for the certification of production processes of Agricultural products around the globe
      There are about 1,02,267 GlobalGAP certificates issued around the world as of April 2010 as against only 1989 in India.
      GlobalGAP made good effort in bringing out this scheme an Efresh acknowledges the important role played by GlobalGAP in production of safe and quality primary produce around the globe
      The farms can be certify against the global standards by approved agencies as listed in the GlobalGAP website. For more information visit

Presentation and Standards

Organic Farming


Organic farming is the form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control to maintain soil productivity and control pests on a farm. Organic farming excludes or strictly limits the use of manufactured fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth regulators such as hormones, food additives, and genetically modified organisms.

      Pesticide and other chemical residues in food and an overall reduced quality of food have led to a marked increase in various diseases, mainly various forms of cancer and reduced bodily immunity.
      Organic farming has the capability to take care of each of these problems. Besides the obvious immediate and positive effects organic or natural farming has on the environment and quality of food, it also greatly helps a farmer to become self-sufficient in his requirements for agro-inputs and reduce his costs..
      In india APEDA is the nodal agency for operating NPOP standard (National Program on Organic Production). These standards have equivillance and Europoean coutnriers organic standards.
      Farms can be certify under NPOP/NOP standards by recognized agencies of APEDA
      Efresh acknowledges the important role played by APEDA in production of safe and quality food under NPOP/NOP standards.
      You can find more information in the website of APEDA

Presentation and Standards

Indian Gap-Basic Requirement

Small and Marginal Farmers

India is 2nd Largest Holder of Agri-land & is a Country of Small Farmers
Category Area in Hectares %
Marginal Farmer
Small Farmer
Small Medium Farmer
Medium Farmer
Large Farmer
Up to 1
1 to 2
2 to 4
4 to 10
Above 10

Good Agricultural Practices-Basic Requirements, has been developed by a committee constituted by Quality Council of India at the request of Food Safety Standards Authority of India, Ministry of Health, Govt of India for implementation by small and Medium farmers.

This Module will cover

      Fruits and Vegetables
      Combinable Crops.
      Flower and Ornamentals

For the purpose of preparing this India GAP document, Global GAP Standards and related ISO Standards and Guides have been taken into consideration.

SCOPE: This Standards covers Good Agricultural Practices-Basic Requirements for all farming practices in sustainable manner for maintaining quality and food safety of Agricultural produce

India G.A.P Best Farm Management Practices

Growers can implement India GAP Basic Requirement as a first step and get linked to the market.

India G.A.P Best Farm Management Practices

India GAP Basic Requirement-Draft Document  Click Here

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