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Quality Checks - AGMARK in India

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AGMARK 'seal' provided by AGMARK standard set up by the Directorate of Marketing and Inspection of the Government of India in 1937, ensures quality and purity of a product.

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  • Directrate has its Head Office at Faridabad and Branch Office at Nagpur.
  • 5 Regional Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta, Hyderabad.
  • 43 Sub Offices spread all over India.
  • Central Agmark lab. at Nagpur and 22 Regional Agmark lab.

Objectives

Promotion of Grading and Standardization of agricultural and allied commodities under agricultural Produce (Grading & Marketing) Act, 1937.

Salient features

Quality standards for agricultural commodities are framed based on their intrinsic quality. Food safety factors are being incorporated in the standards to complete in World Trade. Standards are being hormonised with international standards keeping in view the WTO requirements. Certification of agricultural commodities is carried out for the benefit of producer/manufacturer and consumer. Certification of adulteration prone commodities viz. Butter, Ghee, Vegetable oil, Ground-Spices, Honey, wheat Atta etc. is very popular. Blended Edible Vegetable Oils Fat Spread are compulsorily required to be certified under Agmark. Facilities for testing and grading of Cotton for the benefit of cotton growers is provided through six cotton classing centres set up in cotton growin belt in the country.

Eligibility

Parties desirous to grade their commodities under Agmark have to obtain Certificate of Authorization. For the purpose, they should have adequate infrastructure to process the commodity and access to an approved laboratory for the determination of quality and safety factors.

A sample AGMARK seal

AGMARK.......

SL.NO.......

GRADE......

PLACE OF PACKAGING.....

DATE OF PACKAGING......

NET WEIGHT.......

 

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