TESTING, RESEARCH AND STANDARDISATION FACILITIES

Directorate of Marketing and Inspection has a set up for quality certification of agricultural produce through the net work of 22 Regional Agmark Laboratories at different places in the country with Central Agmark Laboratory, Nagpur as the apex laboratory. 250 technical persons are working in these laboratories. These laboratories have been established to formulate standards and conduct physical and chemical analysis of agricultural and allied commodities in accordance with APGM Act 1937.

 

           Central Agmark Laboratory has the following specialized commodity divisions  for carrying out research and standardization  work more efficiently.

1.     Agricultural Products (Foodgrains)

2.     Spices and Essential Oils

3.     Oils and Fats

4.     General Chemistry

5.     Livestock Products including microbiology

6.     Toxicology

 

The main functions of Central Agmark Laboratory are:

 

       To work as apex laboratory for challenged sample under APGM Act 1937

a)  To evolve/standardize methods of analysis/tests of agricultural and allied commodities and meat products.

b) To advise on technical matters to various quality control agencies and State Government Grading Laboratories, in relation to grading of various agricultural commodities, food under Agmark.

c)  Formulation of specifications for new commodities for bringing under the purview of Agmark.

d)  Revision of specifications of various agricultural, allied products, meat products etc.  periodically.

e)   Training to the personnel engaged in the analysis of various commodities under Agmark.

f)    To create awareness with regard to grading, standardisation  and quality of various agricultural and food products.

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The Regional Agmark Laboratories are engaged in analysis of  agricultural and food commodities for evaluating    the quality of the product. The main activities of Regional Agmark Laboratories are as follows:

      

a)           Analysis of  commodities covered under Agmark,

b)          Technical advice to approved grading laboratories

c)           Training of Grading chemists of the private approved lab., State Grading Lab and other similar organization.

d)           Associate with Central Agmark Laboratory, in collaborative studies/research/standardization work of various  

        agricultural, food and livestock products.

e)           To organize Awareness programmes in grading, standardisation and quality control.

 

 Following activities have been carried out by Central Agmark Laboratory

 

S.

No

Activity Upto March 2003

Total No.

1

Formulation of specifications

340

2

Revision of Specifications

183

3

Research/ Standardisation of methods of analysis

172

4

Collaborative studies

32

5

Samples analysed

28083

6

Scientific papers

192

7

Training Programmes

 

 

a) In-service Training refresher course (3 weeks)

263

 

b) State Govt. Lab. Chemists (2 weeks)

93

 

c) Probationary chemists

29

 

d) Regional level  Training

80

 

e) Quality Circle

10

8

In addition, training-cum-demonstrations are arranged periodically for candidates of diploma course, graders and supervisors and other visitors

9

Extension/Publicity/ Consumer awareness programmes/Seminar/Symposium/Workshop etc.

284

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testing capabilities available in these laboratories are as below:

 

S.No

Name and address of Lab.

Commodities being analysed presently

1

Director of Laboratories

Central Agmark Laboratory,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection

North Ambazari Road

NAGPUR-440 010

Phone No: 0712-2534748

                          2534748(Fax)

e.mail:calnag_ngp@sancharnet.in

           cal@hub.nic.in

 

All types of agricultural and allied commodities, meat products for chemical and  microbiological analysis, pesticide residue, aflatoxin

2.

The Marketing Officer,

Regional Agmark Laboratory

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection

Somasuriya Building,

Pathirapally

ALLEPPEY-688 521

Phone No:0477-2259043

Ghee, honey, veg. Oils and group spices for chemical analysis

3

The Sr.Chemist,

Regional Agmark Laboratory,DMI,

12-D, Lawrence Road,

AMRITSAR-143 001

Phone No: 0183-2223818

email:bmipb03@hub.nic.in

 

Whole spices, ground spices, veg. Oil, ghee, honey, foodgrains, butter etc. for chemical analysis

4

The Senior Chemist

Regional Agmark Lab.,DMI,

M.G.Complex, APMC Yard, Yeshwantpur,

 BANGALORE-560 022

Phone No: 080-23473004

                        23473004(Fax)

e-mail:dmikk04@hub.nic.in

Ghee, butter, veg. Oils, honey, ground spices for chemical analysis

5

The Chief Chemist,

Regional Agmark Laboratory,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection,

83, Malviya Nagar, 3rd Floor,

BHOPAL-462 003

Phone No: 0755-2554649

e-mail:dmilmp04@hub.nic.in

           dirmkti@mp.nic.in

Ghee, butter,veg. Oils, ground spices, whole spices, wheat atta, besan, suji, maida & whole spices etc. for chemical analysis

6

The Marketing Officer,

Regional Agmark Laboratory,DMI,

Plotg No.570, Satyanagar,

BHUBANESHWAR-751 007

Phone No: 2503829

e-mail:impor05@hub.nic.in

Ghee, veg. Oil, honey, ground spices, soyabean seed, begal gram, ginger whole for chemical analysis

7

The Sr.Marketing Officer,

Regional Agmark Laboratory,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection,

19/1458, Narayan Vilas,

Chalapuram,

CALICUT-673 002

Phone No: 0495-2302054

e-mail:dmikl04@hub.nic.in

Whole spices, ground spices, veg. Oil, honey, butter, ghee for chemical analysis

8

The Assistant Director,

Regional Agmark Lab.,

Dte.of Marketing and Inspection,

B-3A, B Block, 2nd Floor,

Rajaji Bhawan, Basant Nagar,

 CHENNAI-600 035

Phone No:044-24915086

e.mail:Agmark@tn.nic.in

           dmiltn08@hub.nic.in

Ghee, besan, oil cake, veg. Oils, essential oil, spices whole and ground, wheat product, honey, meat food products.

9

The Assistant Director,

Regional Agmark Lab.,

Plot No.6, Block “W”, Phase II Scheme,

Okhla,

 NEW DELHI-110020

Phone No:011-26389615

                       26389615(Fax)

e.mail:dmildl05@hub.nic.in

Veg. Oil, ghee, oils & fats, foodgrains and their products whole & ground spices, animal casings, meat food products for chemical and microbiological analysis

10

The Sr.Chemist,

Regional Agmark Laboratory,DMI,

Kaliram Chowdhari Road, Bharalmukh,

GAUHATI-781 009

Phone No: 0361-2485256

e-mail:dmias01@hub.nic.in

Mustard oil, ground spices, ghee and honey etc. for chemical analysis

11

The Chief Chemist,

Regional Agmark Laboratory,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection,

C.G.O.Building, First Floor,

Kamala Nehru Nagar,

GHAZIABAD-201 002

Phone No: 24719315

Ground and whole spices, veg. Oils, ghee, butter, honey, wheat atta, besan

12

The Chief Chemist,

Regional Agmark Lab.,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection,

D.No.12-25-35,

Dr.Basavapunnaiah Building,

Kothapet Main Road,

GUNTUR-522 001

Phone Nos: 0863-2220649,2220180

E.mail:dmilap03@hub.nic.in

Ghee, butter, veg. Oils, ground spices, honey,  pulses for chemical analysis, pesticide residue, aflatoxin.

13

The Senior Chemist,

Regional Agmark Laboratory,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection,

A.P.M.C. Market Yard,

Above Co. Bank.,

Hapa-361 120 (Via Dhavav)

JAMNAGAR

Phone No: 0288-25761509

Ghee, ground spices, butter for chemical analysis

14

The Senior Chemist,

Regional Agmark Laboratory,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection,

58, Mansinghpura Tank Road,

JAIPUR-302 018

Phone No: 0141-2711300

                          2711300(Fax)

E.Mail:dmilrj02@hub.nic.in

Ghee, veg. Oil, wheat atta, soya bean seed, Bengal gram(whole),

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ginger whole(wet) for chemical analysis

15

The Chief Chemist,

Regional Agmark Lab.,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection,

N.S.L.Building,

P.O.Kalyanput,

 KANPUR-208 017

Phone No: 0512-2615054

e-mail:dmilup04@hub.nic.in

Ground spices, whole spices, essential oils, foodgrains, veg. Oils, ghee, butter and honey etc. for chemical analysis

16

The Chief Chemist,

Regional Agmark Lab.,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection,

Wellington Island,

KOCHI-682 003

Phone Nos: 667145,667194

E.mail:dmikl07@hub.nic.in

Essential oil, veg. Oil, ghee, honey, ground spices, whole spices etc. for chemical analysis

17

The Assistant Director

Regional Agmark Laboratory

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection

39, Ravindra Sarani,

KOLKATTA-700 073

Phone No: 23340777

E.mail:dmilwb02@hub.nic.in

Ground spices, whole spices,  veg. Oils, ghee, butter and honey, meat products etc. for chemical analysis

18

The Marketing Officer,

Regional Agmark Laboratory,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection,

North Wharf Road,

Bundar,

MANGALORE-575 001

Phone No: 224332

Veg. Oils only for chemical analysis

19

The Assistant Director

Regional Agmark Laboratory

Plot No.274, TPS IIIrd,

Senapati Bapat Marg, Mahim,

MUMBAI-400 016

Phone No: 24370448

E.mail:agmarknet@bom.nic.in

Ground spices, veg. Oil, honey, butter, ghee, atta, maida, besan, pulses, hing etc. for meat products etc. for chemical, microbiological analysis, pesticide residue, aflatoxin.

20

The Senior Chemist,

Regional Agmark Laboratory,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection,

Nagina Niketan, Boring Road,

Opp.A.N.College,

PATNA-800 013

Phone No: 266691

Veg.oils, honey, ground spices, ghee, atta, butter, ginger whole for chemical analysis

21

The Senior Chemist,

Regional Agmark Laboratory,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection,

Bhaktinagar, Gondal Road,

RAJKOT-360 002

Phone Nos: 227997,227971

E.mail:dmi_raj@guj.nic.in

Veg. Oil, ghee, butter, fat spread, wheat atta, suji, maida, besan, honey, asafetida, ground & whole spices and pulses etc. for chemical analysis

22

The Sr.Marketing Officer,

Regional Agmark Laboratory,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection,

44, Manal Street,

TUTICORIN-628 001

Phone No: 2320641

Veg. oil only for chemical analysis

23

The Marketing Officer,

Regional Agmark Laboratory,

Dte.of Marketing & Inspection,

22, C.C. Road, Rajaji Nagar,

VIRUDHUNAGAR-626 001

Phone No: 280210

Ghee, veg. Oils, whole spices for chemical analysis


 

 

 

Training Programme

 

            Refresher Training Course for the chemists working in State Govt. Laboratories from 17.02.2003 to 28.02.2003, duration – 2 weeks, venue – CAL, Nagpur, no fees, T.A/D.A to be borne out by respective employer. Nomination to be sent to following address by 10th February, 2003.

            The Director of Laboratories, Central Agmark Laboratory, North Ambazari Road, Nagpur-440 010, Phone No.2526647, Fax. No.0712-2534748, E.mail: calnag@nagpur.dot.net.in

 

Future planning of the laboratories

 

It is proposed to modernize the following laboratories  so that the testing should be carried out for the following factors.

 

S.No.

Name of Lab

Name of factors

1

Central Agmark Laboratory, Nagpur

Chemical testing, Microbiological testing, food safety parameters such as pesticide residue, metallic contaminants, mycotoxin, antibiotic residue, toxic adulterants etc. for all agricultural and allied commodities, meat products. etc.

2

RAL, Mumbai

Chemical testing, Microbiological testing, food safety parameters such as pesticide residue, metallic contaminants, mycotoxin, antibiotic residue, toxic adulterants etc. for all agricultural and allied commodities, meat products. etc.

3

RAL, Chennai

Chemical testing, Microbiological testing, food safety parameters such as pesticide residue, metallic contaminants, mycotoxin, antibiotic residue, toxic adulterants etc. for all agricultural and allied commodities, meat products. etc.

4

RAL, Kolkatta

Chemical testing, Microbiological testing, food safety parameters such as pesticide residue, metallic contaminants, mycotoxin, antibiotic residue, toxic adulterants etc. for all agricultural and allied commodities, meat products. etc

5

RAL, Delhi

Chemical testing, Microbiological testing, food safety parameters such as pesticide residue, metallic contaminants, mycotoxin, antibiotic residue, toxic adulterants etc. for all agricultural and allied commodities, meat products. etc

6.

RAL, Kochi

Chemical testing, food safety parameters such as pesticide residue, metallic contaminants, mycotoxin, aflatoxins, toxic metals, other injurious contaminants. for all agricultural and allied commodities..

7

RAL, Bangalore

Chemical testing, food safety parameters such as pesticide residue, metallic contaminants, mycotoxin, aflatoxins, toxic metals, other injurious contaminants. for all agricultural and allied commodities..

8

RAL, Kanpur

Chemical testing, food safety parameters such as pesticide residue, metallic contaminants, mycotoxin, aflatoxins, toxic metals, other injurious contaminants. for all agricultural and allied commodities..

9

RAL, Guntur

Chemical testing, food safety parameters such as pesticide residue, metallic contaminants, mycotoxin, aflatoxins, toxic metals, other injurious contaminants. for all agricultural and allied commodities..

               

VISION

a)     To organize training and awareness programme on good marketing practices, grading,    standardization and quality

      certification for the benefit of the farmers.

b)     To organize training in chemical and microbiological analysis and for food safety parameters.

c)     Framing of specification for Research and Standardization work of agricultural, food and   allied commodities, meat products including food safety parameters under SPS measures.

d)     Development of method of analysis

e)      Collection of data on food safety parameters and quality parameters for harmonization of standards for  international

      acceptance.

f)        To accord accreditation to laboratories engaged in analysis work under “Agmark” and MFP Order.

g)     Preparation of manual on Grading, Standardisation and quality certification, Good Agricultural Marketing Practices, analysis of agricultural produce at farmer’s level.

h)    To obtain accreditation of laboratories for validation of test reports.

 

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