To achieve certification of sustainable agriculture, certain standards must be respected in all the components of an establishment, from agricultural practices to social ones.
The association of Producers in Direct Sowing of Argentina (Aapresid) launched the program Aapresid Certifications. The objective will be to promote the development of sustainable agricultural systems through the implementation and certification of different national and international quality standards.
“Complying with the requirements of the different protocols of existing sustainable practices and with certification in hand, agricultural producers can provide guarantees to the community that they perform their tasks respecting and caring for people and the environment, being equitable at the social level, obtaining at the same time an economically viable result and a greater efficiency in its management, thus satisfying the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations ” explained engineer Tomás Mata, manager of the Aapresid Certificaciones program.
But the certification of a sustainable productive system is not only a good thing, it is also necessary. Currently, consumers and buyers of food, fiber and energy are increasingly interested in the composition and origin of them. “Certifying, producers can offer traceability or demonstrate sustainability in obtaining their products, this is a great opportunity to capitalize on the work that Argentine farmers have been doing for a long time. Therefore, the certification of agricultural production acquires a relevant role, acting as a license to produce today and continue to do so over time, taking care of resources and people ” , said Mata. At present there are 100 thousand hectares under the certification program.
OBJECTIVES. From the association they assure that with a focus on current and potential demanding markets, Aapresid Certificaciones seeks to open new opportunities through the implementation of protocols such as Certified Sustainable Agriculture, created by Aapresid for producers, contractors and cooperatives; the norm IRAM 14130 (Casafe + AAP) and Green Municipality. The program will also encourage and accompany producers in the certification of other local and international quality standards. Certifying agricultural production will respond to the growing demand of the community and also to global customers who demand guarantees of sustainability. Because sustainability is evidenced by facts and also demonstrated by papers.
In dialogue with Super CAMPO, Mata affirmed that Aapresid’s certified agriculture initiative has almost 10 years of experience. It began with a master’s thesis from one of the partners, which raised the possibility of certifying the direct seeding system with a protocol manual. The institution took it as its own and produced a document that was later transformed into the certified agricultural protocol that gave its name to the program. “This evolved over the years, some producers began to add gradually and today we reach a point where the Certified Agriculture program begins to pivot different systems of sustainability certification and is now called Certified Sustainable Agriculture. We promote this own standard with others such as the IRAM 14130 standard for contractors as a result of joint work between Casafe and Aapresid, as well as the Green Municipality standard that points to good practices in peri-urban areas. To these are added others that we hope will be added to international standards ” adds Mata.
BENEFITS. According to Tomás Mata, “Today the Aapresid Certificaciones program is focused on the demand, because we believe that the producer who does things well must be recognized in some way, internally by the different national and provincial governments in the form of some benefit for those who make the things well and the benefits borders outside of Argentina “.
By Luis Machado (Super Supplement CAMPO)