Implementation of quality certification in tomato production

A cooperative in Spain implemented a quality certification programme for tomato crops, aiming to increase the added value of the product, while being committed to promote safe and sustainable production processes.

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Project summary: 

The Mancera Cooperative Society implemented the GLOBALG.A.P. quality certification in tomato crops, aiming to establish a product of added value, while maintaining the Cooperative’s commitment to promote safe and sustainable production processes.
The certification body Agrocolor was entrusted with the consultancy and advisory work for Mancera’s members, to implement the quality and safety protocols needed for the granting of the quality certification. The application of these protocols has led to an improvement in the marketing of their tomatoes. The protocols have led to changes in the production organisation in terms of management, infrastructure, maintenance and production processes, while guaranteeing environmental sustainability.

Project results: 

The GLOBALG.A.P. quality certification was obtained for the tomato production of the Cooperative's members. A higher value-added product is now produced to meet current and future demand. 
The organisational and production management processes of the entire organisation were redefined. The Cooperative improved the control of the production practices and optimised of the use of different resources, such as phytopharmaceuticals, also known as herbal remedies.
The project achieved greater cooperation and coordination among the actors who participated in the implementation of the protocol. Those involved included farmers, service companies, farm workers and the technical personnel.