GAP covers all stages from production and marketing. Before making a decision to implement these practices, producers should have a good knowledge about the varieties that have been produced before, assess the possible effects on human health and environment and not implement GAP if there are some risks. Voluntariness is important for GAP. Producers who have made their decisions to implement GAP must comply with the Regulation on Good Agricultural Practices dated December 7, 2010 and numbered 27778 and the relevant legislation.
Producers willing to implement good agricultural practices should first apply to the inspection and certification institutions authorized by the Ministry to register their production process. Within this scope, the producer and the authorized inspection and certification institution make a contract. The enterprise and production process of the producer are inspected by this authorized institution. If the producers is deemed to comply with the criteria defined by the Ministry, the product is certified. At the moment, there are 32 inspection and certification institutions authorized by the Ministry.
Good Agricultural Practices are important both for a high-quality and productive agricultural production and food safety. With GAP, the income and competitiveness of our producers are increased and the health of consumers is protected. In Turkey, good agricultural practices are generally centered on plant production, however, there are also GAP applications for fisheries and animal husbandry in recent years.