Ball Floraplant Facility Receives MPS Certification
MPS, the organization that manages sustainability certification for the international flower and ornamentals industry, has awarded MPS-GAP status to the Ball FloraPlant Las Limas production farm in Nicaragua.
With MPS-GAP, facilities can promote their “Good Agricultural Practices” through the requirements of traceability, environment, worker safety and site cleanliness.
“Ball FloraPlant is thrilled to accept this certification on behalf of its hardworking Las Limas team,” says Mike Klopmeyer, Ball FloraPlant president. “We are proud of our dedicated protocols and impressive facility, as well as its managers and committed staff who produce the best cuttings for our customers.”
Las Limas began its MPS journey in 2012 and maintains an MPS-A+ rating, which measures ongoing sustainability efforts. MPS-GAP is globally recognized by the industry’s supply chain as a top standard for progressive and successful companies and was a logical next-step for the facility.
“It has been a road filled with a lot of energy and effort invested by the whole team at Las Limas. With this certification they have reached a true milestone,” says Arthij van der Veer, MPS general coordinator for North & Central America. “Having witnessed all the efforts first-hand over the past seven years, it is an honor on behalf of MPS to bestow this achievement, and we look forward to keep improving together.”
MPS worked closely withAlex Meneses, the general manager at Las Limas. The MPS-GAP checklist includes an inspection of whether equipment is maintained on a regular basis, and how employees handle pesticides and fertilizers. Risk reduction and product traceability are also key standards reviewed for MPS-GAP certification.
Some of the key initiatives of Las Limas that helped earn MPS-GAP include: Maintaining a process on material delivery; upgraded fuel facilities; and annual first aid certification brigades and safe chemicals handling certification.
To learn more about the Las Limas facility and Ball FloraPlant, please visit www.ballfloraplant.com.