Royal FloraHolland asks all suppliers to complete digital environmental registration by 31 December of this year at the latest. MPS is currently the only supplier to meet the set standards. However, a new partnership will soon change this.
GreenlinQdata and GlobalGAP are working on a comprehensive solution for the Netherlands and a number of other European countries. This will give growers a choice.
GlobalGAP will cooperate with existing farm-management systems and registration tools to fulfil the digital environmental registration requirement. In the Netherlands, this is being done by registration tool GreenlinQdata. The parties are expected to announce their prices at the end of September and growers can begin the registration process this year.
GlobalGAP meets the requirements as well
In addition, GlobalGAP is working on a timely solution for growers for the requested environmental certification. The current GlobalGAP IFA certificate is aimed at demonstrating "responsible" production (Good Agricultural Practices). It is therefore not yet an environmental certificate for FSI requirements. This will change, however, as a result of the tightening of the environmental requirements. GlobalGAP will also introduce a separate environmental add-on module. At that point, GlobalGAP will, in conjunction with GreenlinQdata, provide a comprehensive solution for digital environmental registration and environmental certification.
The renewed MPS ABC 3.0 certificate currently already meets the requirements. MPS has lowered its rates for Dutch growers. A fee has been set for the first year's registration. A certification fee will apply in the second year - which MPS has reduced for growers with a small cultivation area in particular - along with a hectare surcharge.
It is expected that GreenlinQdata and GlobalGAP will soon announce a solution for growers in Germany, Belgium, Italy and Spain as well. The tool will be translated and linked to the country-specific databases of crop protection products. GlobalGAP is also looking into cooperation with other registration tools or farm management systems for these other countries.
Source: Royal FloraHolland