Certification of produce for the domestic market is one of the requirements needed in the domestic fruits and vegetable market to realise the full potential of Ghana’s Horticulture Industry. The Green Label Scheme entails conformity, accepted and standard practices needed for exported products. This will lead to good agricultural practices needed to meet international standards
The Ghana Green Label Scheme is aimed at promoting safe food production, postharvest handling and distribution using good and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices. Farmers, transporters and traders (wholesale and retail) subscribing to this Scheme must implement such practices.
The certification scheme is modeled to certify farms that comply with the requisite production and distribution systems that ensure that safety and environmental sustainability are not compromised until produce reaches the consumer. The implementation of this scheme should facilitate the eventual transition of the Ghanaian horticultural industry to sustainable agriculture. While the Ghana Green Label scheme targets the domestic market, it is expected to serve as an entry point for local farmers to access the international market
The Green Label Certification is maintained by the Green Label Foundation. The Green Label Foundation is a private sector-led governance structure expected to stimulate investment in the supply-chain modernization and to increase incentives for the adoption of better safety and quality control practice in the fruits and vegetable sector.
Ghana has adopted the Green label initiative and has made it a pre-requite for export of agricultural produce commencing January 01, 2018.
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