Philippine banana producer Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco) has become the first Filipino firm to be awarded GlobalGAP’s sustainable agriculture certification, Tadeco announced today (4 September).
Tadeco, a member of the Philippines-based Anflocor Group of Companies, said the award recognised its success in achieving sustainable production, environmental, community and labour practices at one of the world’s highest yielding banana plantations.
“As a major producer, we believe it is incumbent on us to reassure our consumers of the quality and safety of our bananas, as well as of our responsible treatment of the environment and our priorities with regard to workers’ health, safety and working conditions,” said Anflocor president Alexander N Valoria.
“The certification represents our continuous efforts in improving systems, processes and technologies in support of sustainable agribusiness. This significant achievement of Anflocor and Tadeco is a demonstration of the possibility of sustainable inclusive growth through agriculture; and the strategic and indispensable role of agriculture and agribusiness in the nation's development.”
Tadeco is the flagship company of the Anflocor Group of Companies, and manages one of the world’s highest yielding banana plantations.
Together with its distribution partner Del Monte, Tadeco exports fresh Cavendish bananas to key markets including Japan, China, Korea and the Middle East.
The organisation is a recipient of both the Philippine Good Agricultural Practices (PhilGAP) certificate and the Global Good Agricultural Practices (Global GAP) certificate.