Good Agricultural Practice rules in Thailand

If you are considering starting a cricket farm, you probably ask yourself “How hard could it be?”. Answer is – Not that hard!

However, like every technology there are certain rules you must follow in order to be successful and to receive the best possible results.

Thailand is famous for the rich cuisine, where insects could be considered a main dish. It is no surprise that they are one of the first countries to make cricket farming popular. Not only that, but they have produced the first ever Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) guidelines. There are more than 20,000 cricket farms in the country and that number continues to grow each year. Which is why, the Ministry of Agriculture is hoping to make those guidelines international and considered “Best practice”.

The GAP guidelines consist a unified set of procedures that guarantee quality of the product and safety for consummation. It mirrors the rules and regulations existing for all other types of agricultural practices and it aims to make cricket farming more comprehensible and standardized.

Italian producers of cricket pasta have created an unofficial translation of the document, and are expecting its implementation in Thailand. They have also uncovered that the guidelines include practices from start to finish! Starting with training the farmers, registration and verification to how to deal with the waste during the process. Animal health and traceability is also included.

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