Environmental Indicators
Environmental Indicators
13.5- Good Agricultural Practices

Good agricultural practice is an agricultural production which is not harmful to enviroment, human and animal health. With these practices protection of natural resorces, tracebility and sustainability are enhanced in agriculture and food safety. In this regard, the indicator is a response indicator.

Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) are carried out according to good agricultural practices legislation published by Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock. to ensure GAP, product has to be traceable from the field to the dining table, and every process has to be recorded. Pesticides, fertilizers and etc. should be used according to the results of analyses and be kept under control. The last product is certificated according to the report given by the control institution.

In Turkey, Good Agricultural Practices Certificate started to be given in 2007. In 2007, GAP certification has been extended to 149,693 tons of production amount on 5,361 hectares of land while this figure increased to 6,898,748 tons of production on 624,710 hectares in 2017. Compared to 2016, good agriculture practices application area increased by 31.8% and the production amount by 37.2% in 2017.

Turkey aims to increase the rate of good agriculture practices production areas over total agricultural land (excluding fallows) upto 6.1% by 2023 [82].

 

TABLE 36- GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES BETWEEN 2007 AND 2016

 

Number of Provinces

Number of Producers

Production

Area (ha)

Production amount (tonnes)

2007

18

651

5361

149,693

2016

64

55,609

474,108

5,027,892

% Changes (2007-2016)

-

8442

8744

3259

 

GRAPH 119- GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES PRODUCTION AREAS AND AMOUNT BY THE YEARS

Source: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry