AusGAP – AUSTRALIAN GENETIC ASSURED PURITY TURF ACCREDITATION PROGRAM
AusGAP is an Australian turf accreditation program which was created for the country’s leading turfgrass producers to provide customers with the assurance that their turf adheres to a stringent set of quality standards. AGTurf Lawn Solutions are proud to be recognised as an accredited AusGAP turfgrass producer.
The AusGAP accreditation system not only ensures they genetic purity of a turfgrass variety where appropriate, it provides assurance that the entire production, delivery and installation process is undertaken to the highest industry standards.
Incorporating the International Turfgrass Genetic Assurance Program (ITGAP), a quality assurance program used throughout the USA and other parts of the world.
AusGAP CERTIFICATION STANDARDS
Under the program, the turfgrass producer (grower) is responsible for the genetic purity of the AusGAP certified grasses sold in a wholesale, commercial or retail capacity. The grower must meet minimum standards as directed, covering the entire production, sales and delivery process.
AusGAP stipulates that to achieve certification, all stock will pass a pre-harvest test to be visually free of disease, weeds, pest damage and be true-to-type and free of any other foreign varieties at the time of harvest.
All new on-farm turf-crop planting-stock is to be pre-approved by AusGAP to assure satisfactory varietal identity and purity which is to be maintained throughout the production process.
Satisfactory compliance with the program will allow for successful accreditation to be achieved and the grower awarded twelve-monthly renewable certification.
There are four main components of AusGAP that allow for the highest standards in turf production to be achieved by encompassing all facets of turf grower operations; business and regulatory compliances, environmental stewardship, staff welfare and safety, and maximum levels of customer satisfaction.