MyGAP (Malaysian Good Agricultural Practices) was launched by the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry on 28 August 2013.
- MyGAP is a rebranding exercise of Malaysian Farm Certification Scheme for Good Agricultural Practices (SALM), Livestock Farm Practices Scheme (SALT), and Malaysian Aquaculture Farm Certification Scheme (SPLAM).
- MyGAP is a comprehensive certification scheme for agricultural, aquaculture and livestock sector.
- MyGAP is implemented based on Malaysian Standard (MS). MS 1784:2005 Crop Commodities – Good Agricultural Practice is used for agricultural sector module and MS 1998:2007 Good Aquaculture Practice (GaqP) – Aquaculture Farm – General Guidelines and MS 2467:2012 – Code of Practice for Seaweed Cultivation used for aquaculture sector module. Whereas MS 2027:2006 Good Animal Husbandry Practice is for livestock sector.
- Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) is an agricultural practice which emphasises on environment, economy and social aspects to ensure the produce is safe and of good quality.
- MyGAP is an Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) initiative under the Strategic Reform Initiatives – Competition, Standard and Liberalisation (SRI-CSL) which is an enabler to the National Key Economic Area – Agriculture (NKEA - Agriculture).
B) Benefits of MyGAP Certification
- Produces quality and safe to eat agricultural products.
- Reduces environment pollution and assist in developing an environmentally friendly and sustainable national agricultural industry.
- Since GAP is recognised worldwide, it facilitates the export of the products.
- One certification scheme facilitates the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices certification.
- Guarantees the safety and welfare of the staff.
- Encourages and facilitates the acceptance of consumers towards agricultural, livestock and aquaculture products with only one certification.
- Unlike SALM, SPLAM and SALT, GAP is more commercialised and will not confuse the consumers and entrepreneurs.
- Facilitates and reduces the promotional costs as consumers are already very familiar with GAP products.
- Increase the number of farms with MyGAP certification to encourage quality and safe to eat produce for domestic and export market.
- Increase consumers' awareness and demand for quality and safe to eat produce with MyGAP logo on it.
- Increase the Malaysian agricultural produce competitiveness at international level.
- Benchmarked with international GAP certification scheme such as ASEAN GAP and Global GAP.
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