Agmark Registration

The Agmark certification acts as a benchmark for quality and is equivalent to vouching for the authenticity of the products. Agmark is governed by the Agricultural Produce (Grading and Marking) Act, 1937 (as amended in 1986). Agmark Standards, presently, cover approximately 222 agricultural items, including cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and other semi*processed goods. Agmark Registration (Agricultural Marketing and Grading) is a mark that is certified by the government. Governed under the Agricultural Produce (Grading & Marking) Act, 1937 and a 1986 Amendment, this certification demonstrates that the agricultural items are of a good standard as well as good quality. Agmark is a mix of two words: AG+MARK, where AG represents agriculture and Mark represents certification. This mark incorporates the following types of items:

The Agmark certification, for the most part, is a voluntary certification, unless expressly made compulsory as per the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulations, 2011. The Government of India grants the Agmark certification. This mark incorporates:

  • Agricultural and horticultural items.
  • Food and beverages that are either entirely produced or partly produced and partly manufactured.

The Government of India, through its agency, Directorate of Marketing and Inspection (DMI), lays down standards for agricultural products which is implemented at State level.

Agmark registration procedure offline

  • For Agmark registration offline, you can visit the nearest office of the Director of marketing and Inspection (DMI) to obtain the Form A. In this form, you will need to apply for the granting of an Agmark registration certificate and authorization for grading and marking of commodities in the domestic market.
  • While submitting the Agmark registration application form, you need to furnish the necessary documents. To know about the documentation criteria of the Agmark registration procedure, please refer to the section above
  • While submitting the Agmark registration, you also need to submit the necessary Agmark registration fees. The Agmark registration fees will vary according to the commodity for which the application is filed. The total Agmark registration fees will also depend on other independent variables such as processing fees, grading charges, etc.
  • Before certifying and grading a commodity notified under Agmark, an applicant must fulfill the following conditions-
  • They must possess the infrastructure necessary to process the commodity.
  • They must have their own laboratory or must have access to an approved laboratory for grading. If they have access to an approved laboratory, they need to furnish the consent letter from it in Form A-3.
  • On meeting these eligibility criteria, they should apply to the DMI for issuing the Certificate of Authorisation.
  • The authority, after successful completion of the verification process, will grant the certificate. The entire process takes about 30 to 40 days to complete.
  • As per the Agmark registration criteria, a proper testing of both the raw materials and the processed product will need to be carried out by an approved chemist
  • After the grading and certification, the field officers from DMI would also conduct periodic quality checks. For this, they would compare samples provided by the packer with those available in the market.
  • The samples would be analysed in Regional Agmark Laboratories. If the graded commodity is not found to be in conformity to the prescribed standards, action as deemed fit would be taken against the packer.

Advantages of the Agmark registration

Certain benefits of Agmark registration are mentioned below-

  • The Agmark registration adds legal significance and benefits to an agricultural produce.
  • If a product has the Agmark registration, it gives the consumer the assurance about the organic integrity and quality of the product.
  • These standards bear conformity to the requirements of the WTO (World Trade Organisation). Therefore, the Agmark certification helps a product to compete in the international markets as well.
  • The Government grants subsidies to agricultural produce that has completed the Agmark registration process. Thus, it brings benefits to the farmers.

FAQs

Qus:-Is it compulsory for all the producers to use this mark on their products?

No, it is not compulsory for all the producers to use this mark on their products. It is used only on those products which affect the health and safety of the consumers.

Qus:-Who can apply for AGMARK registration?

Any individual or body of persons wishing to start a grading and marketing business of agricultural produces could apply for the certification.

Qus:-Who issues AGMARK certification?

AGMARK is a certification mark employed on agricultural products in India, ensuring that they adhere to a set of standards established by the Directorate of Marketing and Inspection an attached Office of the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare under Ministry of Agricultural & Farmers Welfare.

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