TO THE EAST OR TO THE WEST? AN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCER WITH INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION COMPARES HIS EXPERIENCE IN EXPORTING TO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND THE EUROPEAN UNION

The company Ionex Trans, a domestic fruit producer from Costesti, Ialoveni, was among the first economic operators in the country, which managed to implement the GlobalG.A.P. and GRASP safety and quality standards.

Due to these certifications, the company exports plums to the European Union. 

The certification has not been easy, but the safety it offers makes the entrepreneur Ion Ionas to say firmly that from 2019 all production from Ionex Trans will be certified. 

“We don't have the problem in the sale, finally the problem is in the quality. To be able to export a good fruit, you have to have it good. Today we export to Germany, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation and Belarus. Every year our company exports around 2000 tons of fruits, but we have around 600 tons of our own production. You just have to want it. It's not that complicated. For me now it is easier to export to the European Union than to the Russian Federation, " the producer testifies. 

Thanks to the support of the USAID team under the Effective Agriculture in Moldova Project (EAM), Ion Ionas is one of two agricultural producers in our country who managed to obtain GlobalG.A.P GRASP certificates for the first time this year in the Republic of Moldova, which confirm the social responsibility of agricultural households. The social responsibility also meant the corporate security of Ionex Trans' activity.

“Every employee who comes to work in the morning comes, puts his or her finger on the first fingerprint, and when he or she finishes the work, he or she puts his or her finger on the second fingerprint. Therefore, I have the systematic calculation of working hours. Each person also has his or her access card. If he or she wants to trick, to put the colleague's card, I see him or her on the camera. I have ensured me in all respects," Ion Ionas, CEO of the company Ionex Trans says. 

Global GAP is an international standard certifying the international security and safety of the product. In 2018, about 10 000 tons of fruits certified by GlobalG.A.P were exported, worth 6 million dollars.

Today more than 20 internationally certified agricultural producers are active in the RM.

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