FAIR AVERAGE QUALITIES FOR MAIZE

        The maize shall be the dried and matured grains of Zea mays.  It shall have uniform shape and colour.   It shall be in sound merchantable condition and also conforming to PFA standards. Maize shall be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from Argemone mexicana and Lathyrus sativus (Khesari) in any form, colouring matter, moulds, weevils, obnoxious smell, admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the schedule below:


SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION

S. No

Refractions

Maximum Limits (%)

1

Foreign matter*

1.0

2

Other foodgrains

2.0

3

Damaged grains

1.5

4

Slightly damaged, discoloured and touched grains.

4.5

5

Shrivelled & Immature grains.

3.0

6

Weevilled grains

1.0

7

Moisture content

14.0

*  Not more than 0.25% by weight shall be mineral matter and not more than 0.10 % by weight shall be impurities of animal origin.

  1. The definition of the above refractions and method of analysis are to be followed as given in Bureau of Indian Standard “Method of Analysis for Foodgrains’ Nos IS: 4333 (Part-I):  1996 and IS: 4333 (Part-II): 2002 and “Terminology for food grains” IS: 2813 – 1995 as amended from time to time.  The method of sampling is to be followed as given in Bureau of Indian Standard “Method of sampling of cereals and pulses’ No: IS 14818-2000 as amended from time to time.
  2. Within the overall limit of 1.0% for foreign matter, the poisonous seeds shall not exceed 0.5% of which Dhatura and Akra Seeds (Vicia species) not to exceed 0.025% and 0.2% respectively.
  3. The small sized maize grains, if the same are otherwise fully developed, should not be treated as shrivelled and immature grains.

Source: GOI, Ministry Agriculture and cooperation, 2009-2010

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION & DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF MAIZE

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

  Moisture Foreign matter other edible grains Admixture of different varieties Damaged
grains
Immature
and Shrivelled
grains
Weevilled grains (percent by Count)
Organic Inorganic
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Grade-I   12.00 0.10 Nil 0.50   5.00         1.00 2.0 2.0
Grade-II  12.00 0.25 0.1 1.00   10.00        2.00 4.0 4.0
Grade-III 14.00 0.50 0.25 2.00   15.00        3.00 6.0 6.0
Grade-IV  14.00 0.75 0.25 3.00   15.00        4.00 6.0 8.0

 

 Maize shall- General requirements

a) be the dried mature grains of Zea mays L.

b) be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable condition;

c) be free from added colouring matter, moulds,weevils, obnoxious substances, discolouration, poisonous seeds and all  other impurities except to the extent indicated in the schedule;

d) Uric acid and aflatoxin shall not exceed 100 miligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

e) be free from rodent hair and excreta;

f) Comply with the restrictions in regard to pesticides/insecticides residue (Rule 65), poisonous metals (Rule 57),naturally occuring toxic substances (Rule 57-B) and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955 and as amended from time to time.
 

Note : (i) In foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more  than  0.10 per cent by weight.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

 

 

 

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FAIR AVERAGE QUALITIES  FOR  RAGI

The Ragi shall be dried and matured grains of Elcusinc coracana. It shall have uniform size, shape and colour. It shall be in sound merchantable condition and also conforming to PFA standards.

Ragi shall be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from moulds, weevils, obnoxious smell, Argemone mexicana and Lathyrus sativus (Khesari) in any form, colouring matter, admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the schedule below:

SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION


S.No

Refractions

Maximum Limits(%)

1

Foreign matter*

1.0

2

Other foodgrains

1.0

3

Damaged grains

1.0

4

Slightly damaged grains.

2.0

5

Moisture content

12.0

  1. Not more than 0.25% by weight shall be mineral matter and not more than 0.10% by weight shall be impurities of animal origin.

 

N.B :

  1. The definition of the above refractions and method of analysis are to be followed as given in Bureau of Indian Standard “Method of Analysis for Foodgrains’ Nos IS: 4333 (Part-I):  1996 and IS:4333 (Part-II) : 2002 and “Terminology for foodgrains” IS : 2813 – 1995 as amended from time to time.
  2. The method of sampling is to be followed as given in Bureau of Indian Standard “Method of sampling of cereals and pulses’ No: IS 14818-2000 as amended from time to time.
  3. Within the overall limit of 1.0% for foreign matter,  the poisonous seeds shall not exceed 0.5% of which Dhatura and Akra Seeds (Vicia species) not to exceed 0.025% and 0.2% respectively.
  4. Kernels with husk will not be treated as unsound grains.   During physical analysis the husk will be removed and treated as organic foreign matter.

Source: GOI, Ministry Agriculture and cooperation, 2009-2010

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF RAGI
 

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

  Moisture Foreign matter other edible grains Damaged
grains
Immature
and Shrivelled
grains
Weevilled grains
Organic Inorganic
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Grade-I   12.00 0.10 Nil 1.0   1.0 2.0 0.1
Grade-II  12.00 0.25 0.10 1.5   2.0 3.0 0.2
Grade-III 14.00 0.50 0.25 2.0  3.0 4.0 0.3
Grade-IV  14.00 0.75 0.25 3.0   5.0 4.0 0.5

Ragi shall- General requirements
 

  1. be the dried mature grains of Eleusine coracana L. Gaertn;
  2. be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable condition;
  3. be free from added colouring matter, moulds,weevils, obnoxious substances, discolouration, poisonous seeds and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the schedule;
  4. Uric acid and aflatoxin shall not exceed 100 miligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;
  5. be free from rodent hair and excreta;
  6. Comply with the restrictions in regard to pesticides/insecticides residue (Rule 65), poisonous metals (rule 57),naturally occuring toxic substances (rule 57-B) and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955 and as amended from time to time.

Note: In foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per cent by weight.
 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

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AGMARK STANDARDS GRADE DESIGNATIONS AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF WHEAT

 

                                                    Special Characteristics 

Grade       ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

designation                                  (Maximum limit of tolerance)

                 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------      General characteristics

             Foreign  Other      Other    Dama-   Slightly    Immature                    Weevilled

             matter    Food      Wheats ged        Dama-     Shrivelled                   Grains     

             (% by    Grains    (% by   grains    ged          and Broken               (% by wt.)           

             wt.)        (% by     wt.)       (% by    Grains      Grains

                          wt.)                     wt.)        (%by wt.)   (%by wt.)

 

1           2            3            4           5            6              7               8                     9      

 

I           1.5         1.6         5.0        1.0         2.0           2.0            1.0           (a)   Wheat shall be the dried grains of

II          2.5         3.0         15.0      2.0         4.0           4.0            3.0                  Triticum vulgare and Triticum -

III         3.5         6.0         20.0      4.0         6.0           10.0          6.0                  durum Desf.

IV         4.0         8.0  over 20.0     5.0         10.0 over 10.0          10.0         (b)   have uniform size, shape and colour,

                                 

                                                                                                                    (c)   be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from moulds weevils, obnoxious  and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the  Schedule; ule; ule; ule; ule; ule;

 

                                                                                                                    (d)   be in sound merchantable condition; and; and; and

 

                                                                                                                    (e)   not have moisture exceeding 12 %.

 

DEFINITIONS :

Foreign Matter:- It includes dust, stone, lumps of earth, chaff, stem or straw and any other impurity.

Other Food Grains:- Edible food grains other than gram.

Other Wheats:- For this purpose wheat would be divided into two classes - (1) Durum or marcaroni wheat and (2) Vulgare of common wheat (Durum) again would be sub-divided into two colour groups (1) amber and (2) red; and vulgare would be sub-divided in to three colour groups - (i) white (ii) amber and (iii) red

Damaged Grains- Grains that are internally damaged or discoloured, damaged and discolouration materially affecting the quality.

Slightly Damaged Grains- Grains that are internally damages or discoloured, damaged and discolouration not materially affecting the quality.

Immature, Sarivelled & Broken Grains - Immature and shriveled grains are those that are not properly developed, Broken grains are pieces of whole grains.

Weevilled grains - Grains that are partially or wholly bored or eaten by weevil or other grain insects,

N.B.- Grades- Grains I and II should be free from living insect infestation.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

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FAIR AVERAGE QUALITIES  FOR  BAJRA

          The Bajra shall be the dried and matured grains of Pennisctum typhoides.  It shall have uniform size, shape and colour.   It shall be in sound merchantable condition and also conforming to PFA standards.
Bajra shall be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from Argemone mexicana and Lathyrus sativus (Khesari) in any form, colouring matter, moulds, weevils, obnoxious smell, admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the schedule below:
SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION


S.No

Refractions

Maximum Limits(%)

1

Foreign matter*

1.0

2

Other foodgrains

3.0

3

Damaged grains

1.5

4

Slightly damaged and discoloured grains.

2.5

5

Shrivelled & Immature grains.

4.0

6

Weevilled grains

1.0

7

Moisture content

14.0

  1. Not more than 0.25% by weight shall be mineral matter and not more than 0.10% by weight shall be impurities of animal origin.

 

N.B :

  1. The definition of the above refractions and method of analysis are to be followed as given in Bureau of Indian Standard “Method of Analysis for Foodgrains’ Nos IS: 4333 (Part-I):  1996 and IS:4333 (Part-II) : 2002 and “Terminology for foodgrains” IS : 2813 – 1995 as amended from time to time.
  2. The method of sampling is to be followed as given in Bureau of Indian Standard “Method of sampling of cereals and pulses’ No: IS 14818-2000 as amended from time to time.
  3. Within the overall limit of 1.0% for foreign matter,  the poisonous seeds shall not exceed 0.5% of which Dhatura and Akra Seeds (Vicia species) not to exceed 0.025% and 0.2% respectively.
  4. Kernels with glumes will not be treated as unsound grains.   During physical analysis the glumes will be removed and treated as organic foreign matter.
  5. Within the overall limit of 1.5% for damaged grains the Ergoty kernels shall not exceed 0.05%.

Source: GOI, Ministry Agriculture and cooperation, 2009-2010

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF BAJRA

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

  Moisture Foreign matter other edible grains Damaged
grains
Immature
and Shrivelled
grains
Weevilled grains
Organic Inorganic
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Grade-I   12.00 0.10 Nil 1.0   0.5 1.5 1.0
Grade-II  12.00 0.25 0.10 2.0   1.0 3.0 2.5
Grade-III 14.00 0.50 0.25 2.5 2.0 5.0 4.0
Grade-IV  14.00 0.75 0.25 3.0   4.0 8.0 6.0

Bajra shall-General requirements

  1. be the dried mature grains of Pennisetum typhoideum Rich
  2. be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable condition;
  3. be free from added colouring matter, moulds,weevils, obnoxious substances,discoluration, poisonous seeds and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the schedule
  4. Uric acid and aflatoxin shall not exceed 100 miligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;
  5. be free from rodent hair and excreta;
  6. Comply with the restrictions in regard to pesticides/insecticides residue (Rule 65), poisonous metals (Rule 57), naturally occuring toxic substances (Rule 57-B) and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955 and as amended from time to time.

Note : (i)  In foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than  0.10 per cent by weight

           (ii)  Ergot affected grains shall not exceed 0.05 per cent by weight in damaged grains.

Definitions:-

  1. Foreign matter" means any extraneous matter than other food grains comprising of
      (a) "Inorganic matter" includes metallic pieces, dust, sand, gravel, stones, dirt, pebbles, lumps or earth, clay, mud and animal filth etc;
       (b) "Organic matter" consisting of husk, straws, weeds and other inedible grains etc.

  2. Other Edible grains" means any edible grains (including oil seeds) other than the one which is under consideration
  3. Damaged grains" means grains that are sprouted or internally damaged as a result of heat, microbe, moisture or weather viz., ergot affected grains and karnal bunt grains
  4. Immature and shrivelled grains" means grains that are not properly developed
  5. Weevilled grains" means grains that are partially or wholly bored by insects injurious to grains but does not include germ eaten grains and egg spotted grains.
  6. Poisonous, toxic and/or harmful seeds” means any seed which if present in quantities above permissible limit may have damaging or dangerous effect on health, organoleptic properties or technological performance such as dhatura (D.fastuosa linn and D. stramonium linn.) corn cokle (Agrostemma githago L. Machai Lallium remulenum linn.) Akra (Vicia species).

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

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FAIR AVERAGE QUALITIES FOR  JOWAR

          The Jowar shall be dried and matured grains of Sorghum vulgare.  It shall have uniform size, shape and colour.   It shall be in sound merchantable condition and also conforming to PFA standards.
Jowar shall be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from Argemone mexicana and Lathyrus sativus (Khesari) in any form, colouring matter, moulds, weevils, obnoxious smell, admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the schedule below:

SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION


S.No

Refractions

Maximum Limits(%)

1

Foreign matter*

1.0

2

Other foodgrains

3.0

3

Damaged grains

1.5

4

Slightly damaged and discoloured  grains.

1.0

5

Shrivelled & Immature grains.

4.0

6

Weevilled grains

1.0

7

Moisture content

14.0

  1. Not more than 0.25% by weight shall be mineral matter and not more than 0.10% by weight shall be impurities of animal origin.

 

N.B :

  1. The definition of the above refractions and method of analysis are to be followed as given in Bureau of Indian Standard “Method of Analysis for Foodgrains’ Nos IS: 4333 (Part-I):  1996 and IS:4333 (Part-II) : 2002 and “Terminology for foodgrains” IS : 2813 – 1995 as amended from time to time.
  2. The method of sampling is to be followed as given in Bureau of Indian Standard “Method of sampling of cereals and pulses’ No: IS 14818-2000 as amended from time to time.
  3. Within the overall limit of 1.0% for foreign matter,  the poisonous seeds shall not exceed 0.5% of which Dhatura and Akra Seeds (Vicia species) not to exceed 0.025% and 0.2% respectively.
  4. Kernels with glumes will not be treated as unsound grains.   During physical analysis the glumes will be removed and treated as organic foreign matter.

Source: GOI, Ministry Agriculture and cooperation, 2009-2010

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF RABI JOWAR

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

  Moisture Foreign matter other edible grains Damaged
grains
Immature
and Shrivelled
grains
Weevilled grains
Organic Inorganic
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Grade-I   12.00 0.10 Nil 1.00  1.00 2.0 0.5
Grade-II  12.00 0.25 0.10 1.50 2.00 4.0 1.0
Grade-III 14.00 0.50 0.25 2.00 3.00 6.0 2.0
Grade-IV  14.00 0.75 0.25 4.00 5.00 8.0 6.0

Jowar shall- General requirements

  1. be the dried mature grains of Sorghum vulgare pers raised in the Rabi season;
  2. be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable condition
  3. be free from added colouring matter, moulds,weevils, obnoxious substances, discolouration, poisonous seeds and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the schedule;
  4. Uric acid and aflatoxin shall not exceed 100 miligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;
  5. be free from rodent hair and excreta;
  6. Comply with the restrictions in regard to pesticides/insecticides residue (Rule 65), poisonous metals(Rule 57), naturally occuring toxic substances (Rule 57-B) and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955 and as amended from time to time.

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF KHARIF JOWAR

 

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

  Moisture Foreign matter other edible grains Damaged
grains
Immature
and Shrivelled
grains
Weevilled grains
Organic Inorganic
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Grade-I   12.00 0.10 Nil 0.50 1.50 1.0 1.0
Grade-II  12.00 0.25 0.10 1.00 3.00 2.0 2.5
Grade-III 14.00 0.50 0.25 2.00 4.50 5.0 4.0
Grade-IV  14.00 0.75 0.25 3.00 6.00 8.0 6.0

 

Jowar shall- General requirements

  1. be the dried mature grains of Sorghum vulgare pers raised in the kharif season
  2. be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable condition;
  3. be free from added colouring matter, moulds,weevils, obnoxious substances, discolouration, poisonous seeds and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the schedule;
  4. Uric acid and aflatoxin shall not exceed 100 miligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;
  5. be free from rodent hair and excreta;
  6. Comply with the restrictions in regard to pesticides/insecticides residue (Rule 65), poisonous metals (Rule 57), naturally occuring toxic substances (Rule 57-B) and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955 and as amended from time to time.

Note: (i) In foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per cent by weight.

          (ii)  Ergot affected grains shall not exceed 0.05 per cent by weight in damaged grains.
 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

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FAIR AVERAGE QUALITIES OF  PADDY

          Paddy shall be in sound merchantable condition, dry, clean, wholesome of good food value, uniform in colour and size of grains and free from moulds, weevils, obnoxious smell, Argemone Mexicana, Lathyrus Sativus (Khesari) and admixture of deleterious substances.
Paddy will be classified into Grade ‘A’ and Common groups.

SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION


S.No

Refractions

Maximum Limits(%)

1

Foreign matter*
 a) Inorganic.
 b) Organic.


1.0
1.0

2

Damaged,discoloured, sprouted and weevilled grains.

4.0

3

Immature, Shrunken and shrivelled grains.

3.0

4

Admixture of lower class

7.0

5

Moisture content.

17.0

Note : The definition of the above refractions and method of analysis are to be followed as per Bureau of Indian Standard “Method of Analysis for Foodgrains’ Nos IS: 4333 (Part-I):  1996 and IS:4333 (Part-II) : 2002 and “Terminology for foodgrains” IS: 2813 – 1995 as amended from time to time.

  1. The method of sampling is to be followed as per Bureau of Indian Standard “Method for sampling of cereals and pulses’  IS 14818-2000 as amended from time to time.
  2. Within the overall limit of 1.0% for organic foreign matter,  the poisonous seeds shall not exceed 0.5% of which Dhatura and Akra Seeds (Vicia species) not to exceed 0.025% and 0.2% respectively.

Source: GOI, Ministry Agriculture and cooperation, 2009-2010

AGMARK STANDARDS:  GRADE DESIGNATIONS AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF PADDY


                                              Special Characteristics

Grade            -----------------------------------------------------------

designation                (Maximum limit of tolerance)

                      --------------------------------------------------------                               General Characteristics

                      Foreign      Admixture            Damaged,

                      matter        ( % by wt.)           Immature, Weevilled

                      (% by wt.)                              (% by wt.)

 

1                          2                          3                  4                                                                  5

 

I                           1.0                       5.0               1.0         Paddy shall :-

II                         2.0                       10.0             2.0         (a)   be the dried mature grains (with husk) of Oryza sativa, L;

III                        4.0                       15.0             5.0        

IV                        7.0                       30.0             10.0       (b)  have uniform size, shape and colour;

 

                                                                                          (c)   be hard, clean, wholesome and free from moulds, weevils, obnoxious smell, discolouration, admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the Schedule;dule;dule;dule;dule;

 

                                                                                          (d)  be in sound merchantable condition; and

 

                                                                                          (e)   not have moisture exceeding 14 percent

 

 

DEFINITIONS :

Foreign Matter: - It includes dust, stone, lumps of earth, chaff, stem or straw and any other impurity.

In case of admixture of other food grains in paddy, 0.5 percent of the other food grains shall be treated as free tolerance and any thing above 0.5 percent shall be treated as foreign matter.

Admixture:- Presence of inferior varieties shall be considered as admixture.

Damaged:- Grains that are internally damaged or discoloured, damage and discolouration materially affecting the quality. The proportion of damaged grains shall not exceed 5.0 percent for grade IV.

Immature:- Grains that are not properly developed.

Weevilled - Grains that are partially or wholly bored or eaten by weevil or other grain insects.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

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UNIFORM SPECIFICATION FOR GRADE ‘A’ & COMMON RICE

          Rice  shall be in sound merchantable condition, sweet, dry, clean, wholesome of good food value, uniform in colour and size of grains and free from moulds, weevils, obnoxious smell, admixture of unwholesome poisonous substances,, Argemone Mexicana, Lathyrus Sativus (Khesari) in any form, or colouring agents and all impurities except to the extent in the schedule below.   It shall also conform to PFA Standards.  
SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION

S.No

Refractions

Maximum Limits(%)

Grade ‘A’

Common

1

Brokens *

 

 

Raw

25.0

25.0

Parboiled

16.0

16.0

2

Foreign Matter **

 

 

Raw/Parboiled

0.5

0.5

3

Damanged# /Slightly Damaged Grains

 

 

Raw

3.0

3.0

Parboiled

4.0

4.0

4

Discoloured Grains

 

 

Raw

3.0

3.0

Parboiled

5.0

5.0

5

Chalky Grains

 

 

Raw

5.0

5.0

6

Red Grains.

 

 

Raw/Parboiled.

3.0

3.0

7

Admixture of lower class

 

 

Raw/Parboiled.

6.0

-

8

Dehusked Grains.

 

 

Raw/Parboiled

12.0

12.0

9

Moisture content @

 

 

Raw/Parboiled.

14.0

14.0

 

*        Including 1% small brokens.
**         Not more than 0.25% by weight shall be mineral matter and not more than
0.10%  by weight shall be impurities of animal origin.
#          Including pin point damaged grains.
@        Rice (both raw and Parboiled) can be procured with moisture content upto a
maximum limit of 15% with value cut.   There will be no value cut up to 14%.  Between 14% to 15% moisture, value cut will be applicable at the rate of full value.

 

NOTES APPLICABLE TO THE SPECIFICATION OF GRADE ‘A’ AND COMMON VARIETIES OF RICE :

  1. The definition of the above refractions and method of analysis are to be followed as given in Bureau of Indian Standard “Method of Analysis for Foodgrains’ Nos IS: 4333 (Part-I):  1996 and IS:4333 (Part-II) : 2002 and “Terminology for foodgrains” IS : 2813 – 1995 as amended from time to time.  Dehusked grains are rice kernels whole or broken which have more than ¼th of the surface area of the kernel covered with the bran and determined as follows:-

ANALYSIS PROCEDURE : --  Take 5 grams of rice (sound head rice and brokens) in a petri dish (80x70mm).   Dip the grains in about 20 ml of Methylene Blue solution (0.05% by weight in distilled water) and allow to stand for about one minute.   Decant the Methylene Blue solution.  Give a swirl wash with about 20-ml. of dilute hydrochloric acid  (5% solution by volume in distilled water).   Give a swirl wash with water and pour about 20 ml. of Metanil Yellow solution (0.05% by weight in distilled water) on the blue stained grains and allow to stand for about one minute.   Decant the effluent and wash with fresh water twice.   Keep the stained grains under fresh water and count the dehusked grains.   Count the total number of grains in 5 grams of sample under analysis.   Three brokens are counted as one whole grain.
CALCULATIONS :
Percentage of Dehusked grains = N. X  100
W
Where N= Number of dehusked grains in 5 grams of sample.
W= Total grains in 5 grams of sample.  

  1. The method of sampling is to be followed as given in Bureau of Indian Standard “Method of sampling of cereals and pulses’ No: IS 14818-2000 as amended from time to time.
  2. Brokens less than ⅛th of the size of full kernels will be treated as organic foreign matter.   For determination of the size of the brokens average length of the principal class of rice should be taken into account.
  3. Inorganic foreign matter shall not exceed 0.25% in any lot, if it is more, the stocks should be cleaned and brought within the limit.   Kernels or pieces of kernels having mud sticking on surface of rice, shall be treated as Inorganic foreign matter.
  4. In case of rice prepared by pressure parboiling technique, it will be ensured that correct process of parboiling is adopted i.e. pressure applied, the time for which pressure is applied, proper gelatinization, aeration and drying before milling are adequate so that the colour and cooking time of parboiled rice are good and free from encrustation of the grains.

Source: GOI, Ministry Agriculture and cooperation, 2009-2010

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATIONS AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF RAW MILLED MEDIUM RICE
 

Special Characteristics 

Grade       ------------------------------------------------------------------------

designation                                  (Maximum limit of tolerance)

                 -----------------------------------------------------------------------               General characteristics

                Foreign       Brokens    Admixture   Damaged,

                matter         (% by wt.) (% by wt.)   and

                (% by wt.)                                       discoloured

                                                                       chalky,alky,

                                                                       Immature ture

                                                                       and GreenGreen

                                                                       (% by wt.)

1              2                 3               4                  5                                               6

 

I               0.5              10.0          5.0               2.0             Raw milled medium rice shall :-

II             1.0              20.0          10.0             3.0             (a)  be the dried mature kernels of Oryza sativa L;

III            1.5              30.0          15.0             5.0             (b)  have uniform size, shape and colour; 

IV            3.0              40.0          30.0             9.0             (c)  be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from moulds weevils, obnoxious smell, discolouration admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the schedule;

 

                                                                                         (d)  be in sound merchantable condition;tion;

 

                                                                                         (e)  not have moisture exceeding 14 percent; and; and; and

 

                                                                                         (f)   be polished as per Rice milling industry (Regulation) Act., 1958.

 

 

DEFINITIONS :

Foreign Matter:- It includes dust, stone, lumps of earth, chaff, stem or straw and any other impurity.

Broken:- Brokens shall include pieces of kernels which are less than three-fourth of a whole kernel. The pieces smaller than one-fourth of the whole kernel are to be treated as fragments. The Proportion of fragments, shall not exceed 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 percent for grades I, II and III respectively.

Admixture :-  The presence of inferior varieties and red kernels shall be considered as admixture

The proportion of red kernels shall not exceed 2.0, 4.0 and 6.0 percent for Grades I, II and III respectively.

Red Kernels:- Kernels, whole or brokens which have 25 percent or more of their surface coated with red bran.

Damaged and Discoloured:- Grains that are internally damaged or discoloured, damage and discolouration materially affecting the quality. 'The proportion of damaged grains shall not exceed 5.0 percent for grade IV.

Chalky:- Grains at least half of which is milky white in colour and brittle in nature.

Immature and Green:- Grains that are not properly developed or are green in colour.

 

GRADE DESIGNATIONS AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF RAW MILLED COMMON (COARSE) RICE

 

 

Special characteristics 

Grade       ------------------------------------------------------------------------

designation                                  (Maximum limit of tolerance)

                 -----------------------------------------------------------------------               General characteristics

                Foreign       Brokens    Admixture   Damaged,

                matter         (% by wt.) of red Grains                 and

                (% by wt.)                    in White      discoloured

                                                    (% by wt.)   chalky,

                                                                       Immature

                                                                       and

                                                                       Green

                                                                       (% by wt.)

 

1              2                 3               4                  5                                               6

I               1.0              20.0          5.0               3.0             Raw milled Common (Coarse) Rice shall :-

II             1.5              30.0          10.0             5.0             (a)  be the dried mature kernels of Oryza sativa L;

III            2.0              40.0          15.0             7.0             (b)  have uniform size, shape and colour; 

IV            4.0              50.0          20.0             10.0           (c)  be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from moulds weevils, obnoxious smell, discolouration admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the Schedule;

 

                                                                                         (d)  be in sound merchantable condition;tion;tion;

 

                                                                                         (e)  not have moisture exceeding 14 percent; and

 

                                                                                         (f)   be polished as per Rice milling industry (Regulation) Act., 1958.

 

DEFINITIONS :

Foreign Matter:- It includes dust, stones, lumps of earth, chaff, stem or straw and any other impurity.

Broken:- Brokens shall include pieces of kernels which are less than three-fourth of a whole kernel.

 The pieces smaller than one-fourth of the whole kernel are to be treated as fragments. The proportion of fragments shall not exceed 4.0, 6.0, 8.0 and 10.0 percent for grade I, II, III and IV respectively.

Admixture:- Presence of inferior varieties and red kernels shall be considered as admixture

Damaged and Discoloured:- Grains that are internally damaged or discoloured, damage and discolouration materially affecting the quality. 'The proportion of damaged grains shall not exceed 5.0 percent for grade-III & IV.

Chalky:- Grain at least half of which is milky white in colour and brittle in nature.

Immature and Green:- Grains that are not properly developed or are green in colour.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATIONS AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF RAW HANDPOUNDED MEDIUM RICE

 

                                   Special Characteristics nbsp;

Grade       ------------------------------------------------------------------------

designation                                  (Maximum limit of tolerance)

                 -----------------------------------------------------------------------               General characteristics

                Foreign       Brokens    Admixture   Damaged,

                matter         (% by wt.) (% by wt.)   and

                (% by wt.)                                       discoloured

                                                                       chalky,

                                                                       Green and

                                                                       Immature

                                                                       (% by wt.)

1              2                 3               4                  5                                               6

 

I               0.5              15.0          6.0               2.0             Raw handpounded medium rice shall :-

II             1.0              25.0          12.0             3.0             (a)  be the dried mature kernels of Oryza sativa L;

III            1.5              35.0          18.0             5.0             (b)  have uniform size, shape and colour; 

IV            3.0              50.0          25.0             9.0             (c)  be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from moulds weevils, obnoxious smell, discolouration admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the schedule;

 

                                                                                         (d)  be in sound merchantable condition;

 

                                                                                         (e)  not have moisture exceeding 14 percent;

 

DEFINITIONS :

Foreign Matter :- It includes dust, stones, lumps of earth, chaff, stem or straw and any other impurity.

Broken :- Brokens shall include pieces of kernels which are less than three-forrth of a whole kernel.

 The pieces smaller than one-fourth of the whole kernel are to be treated as fragments. The proportion of fragments shall not exceed 4.0, 6.0, 8.0 and 10.0 percent for grade I, II, III and IV respectively.

Admixture:- Presence of inferior varieties and red kernels shall be considered as admixture. The proportion of red kernels shall not exceed 2.0, 4.0 and 6.0 percent for grades I, II and III respectively.

Red Kernels:- Kernels whole or broken, which have 25% or more of their surface coated with red bran.

Damaged and Discoloured:- Grains that are internally damaged or discoloured, damage and discolouration materially affecting the quality. 'The proportion of damaged grains shall not exceed 5.0 percent for grade IV.

Chalky:- Grain at least half of which is milky white in colour and brittle in nature.

Immature and Green:- Grains that are not properly developed or are green in colour.

 

 Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATIONS AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF RAW HANDPOUNDED COMMON (COARSE) RICE

 

                                   Special Characteristics 

Grade       ------------------------------------------------------------------------

designation                                  (Maximum limit of tolerance)

                 -----------------------------------------------------------------------               General characteristics

                Foreign       Brokens    Admixture   Damaged,

                matter         (% by wt.) (% by wt.)   and

                (% by wt.)                                       discoloured

                                                                       chalky,alky,

                                                                       Green and

                                                                       Immature

                                                                       (% by wt.)

1              2                 3               4                  5                                               6

 

I               1.0              24.0          5.0               3.0             Raw Hand Pounded Common (Coarse) Rice shall :-

II             1.5              35.0          10.0             5.0             (a)  be the dried mature kernels of Oryza sativa L;

III            2.0              44.0          15.0             7.0             (b)  have uniform size, shape and colour; 

IV            3.0              64.0          25.0             10.0           (c)  be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from moulds, weevils, obnoxious smell, discolouration admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the Schedule;

                                                                                         (d)  be in sound merchantable condition andn and

 

                                                                                         (e)  not have moisture exceeding 14 percent.

 

DEFINITIONS :

Foreign Matter:- It includes dust, stones, lumps of earth, chaff, stem or straw and any other impurity.

Broken:- Brokens shall include pieces of kernels which are less than three-fourth of a whole kernel.

 The pieces smaller than one-fourth of the whole kernel are to be treated as fragments. The proportion of fragments shall not exceed 5.0, 6.0, 8.0 and 11.0 percent for grade I, II, III and IV respectively.

Admixture:-  Not applicable in case of red grained varieties

Damaged and Discoloured:- Grains that are internally damaged or discoloured, damage and discolouration materially affecting the quality. 'The proportion of damaged grains shall not exceed 5.0 percent for grade III &  IV.

Immature and Green:- Grains that are not properly developed or are green in colour.

Chalky:- Grain at least half of which is milky white in colour and brittle in nature.
 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATIONS AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF PARBOILED MILLED SUPERFINE RICE AND PARBOILED MILLED FINE RICE

 

                                   Special Characteristics nbsp;

Grade       ------------------------------------------------------------------------

designation                                  (Maximum limit of tolerance)

                 -----------------------------------------------------------------------               General characteristics

                Foreign       Brokens    Admixture   Damaged,

                matter         (% by wt.) (% by wt.)   and

                (% by wt.)                                       discoloured

                                                                       (% by wt.)y wt.)

1              2                 3               4                  5                                                           6

 

I               0.2              3.0            5.0               0.25           Parboiled milled superfine rice and parboiled milled

II             0.5              7.0            10.0             0.50           fine rice shall :

III            1.0              12.0          15.0             1.00           (a)  be the dried mature kernels of Oryza sativa L;

IV            2.0              20.0          25.0             4.00           (b)  have uniform size, shape and colour; 

                                                                                         (c)  be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from moulds weevils, obnoxious smell, discolouration admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the Schedule;

 

                                                                                         (d)  be in sound merchantable condition;tion;

 

                                                                                         (e)  not have moisture exceeding 15 percent; and

 

                                                                                         (f)   be polished as per Rice milling industry (Regulation) Act., 1958.

 

 

DEFINITIONS :

Foreign Matter :- It includes dust, stones, lumps of earth, chaff, stem or straw and any other impurity.

Broken :- Brokens shall include pieces of kernels which are less than three-fourth of a whole kernel.

 The pieces smaller than one-fourth of the whole kernel are to be treated as fragments. The proportion of fragments shall not exceed 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 percent for grade I, II, III  respectively.

Admixture :-  The presence of inferior varieties and red kernels shall be considered as admixture. The admixture of Common rice shall not exceed 50 percent of the total admixture within the limits prescribed.

The proportion of red kernels shall not exceed 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 6.0 percent for grade I, II, III and IV respectively.

Red Kernels :- Kernels, whole or broken, which have 25% or more of their surface coated with red bran.

Damaged and Discoloured :- Grains that are internally damaged or discoloured, damaged and discolouration materially affecting the quality.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATIONS AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF PARBOILED MILLED MEDIUM RICE

 

Special Characteristics 

Grade       ------------------------------------------------------------------------

designation                                  (Maximum limit of tolerance)

                 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- General characteristics

                Foreign       Brokens    Damaged,    Admixture

                matter         (% by wt.) and              (% by wt.)

                (% by wt.)                    discoloured

                                                    (% by wt.)y wt.)

 

1              2                 3               4                  5                                               6

 

I               0.3              7.0            2.0               5.0             Parboiled milled medium rice shall :-

II             0.7              15.0          3.0               10.0           (a)  be the dried mature kernels of Oryza sativa L;

III            1.2              20.0          5.0               15.0           (b)  have uniform size, shape and colour; 

IV            2.0              30.0          10.0             30.0          

                                                                                         (c)  be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from moulds weevils, obnoxious smell, discolouration admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the Schedule;

 

                                                                                         (d)  be in sound merchantable condition;tion;tion;

 

                                                                                         (e)  not have moisture exceeding 15 percent; and

 

                                                                                         (f)   be polished as per Rice milling industry (Regulation) Act. 1958.

 

 

DEFINITIONS :

Foreign Matter :- It includes dust, stones, lumps of earth, chaff, stem or straw and any other impurity.

Broken:- Brokens shall include pieces of kernels which are less than three-fourth of a whole kernel.

 The pieces smaller than one-fourth of the whole kernel are to be treated as fragments. The proportion of fragments shall not exceed 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 percent for grades I, II, III respectively.

Damaged and Discoloured:- Grains  that are internally damaged or discoloured, damage and discolouration materially affecting the quality. The proportion of damaged shall not exceed 5.0 percent for grade IV.

Admixture:-  The presence of inferior varieties and red kernels shall be considered as admixture. The proportion of  red kernels shall not exceed 2.0 and 3.0 percent for grades I and II respectively.

Red Kernels :- Kernels, whole or broken, which have 25% or more of their surface coated with red bran.
 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATIONS AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF PARBOILED MILLED COMMON (COARSE) RICE

 

                                   Special Characteristics 

Grade       ------------------------------------------------------------------------

designation                                  (Maximum limit of tolerance)

                 -----------------------------------------------------------------------               General characteristics

                Foreign       Brokens    Admixture   Damaged, 

                matter         (% by wt.) of Red         and

                (% by wt.)                    Grain in       discoloured

                                                    White          (% by wt.)

                                                    (% by wt.)

 

1              2                 3               4                  5                6

 

I               0.5              10.0          5.0               3.0             Parboiled milled common rice shall :-

II             1.0              20.0          10.0             5.0             (a)  be the dried mature kernels of Oryza sativa L;

III            1.5              30.0          15.0             7.0             (b)  have uniform size, shape and colour; 

IV            3.0              40.0          20.0             10.0          

                                                                                         (c)  be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from moulds weevils, obnoxious smell, discolouration admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the Schedule;

 

                                                                                         (d)  be in sound merchantable condition;tion;tion;

 

                                                                                         (e)  not have moisture exceeding 15 percent; and

 

                                                                                         (f)   be polished as per Rice milling industry (Regulation) Act. 1958.

 

DEFINITIONS :

Foreign Matter :-  It includes dust, stone, lumps of earth, chaff, stem or straw and any other impurity.

Broken :- Brokens shall include pieces of kernels which are less than three-fourth of a whole kernel. The pieces smaller than one-fourth of the whole kernel are to be treated as fragments. The proportion of fragments shall not exceed 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 percent for grade I, II, III  respectively.

Damaged and Discoloured:- Grains  that are internally damaged or discoloured, damage and discolouration materially affecting the quality. The proportion of damaged shall not exceed 5.0 percent for grade IV.

Admixture :-  The presence of inferior varieties and red kernels shall be considered as admixture.
 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATIONS AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF PARBOILED HANDPOUNDED MEDIUM RICE

 

                                   Special Characteristics nbsp;

Grade       ------------------------------------------------------------------------

designation                                  (Maximum limit of tolerance)

                 -----------------------------------------------------------------------               General characteristics

                Foreign       Brokens    Admixture   Damaged,

                matter         (% by wt.) (% by wt.)   and

                (% by wt.)                                       discoloured

                                                                       chalky,alky,

                                                                       Green and

                                                                       Immature

                                                                       (% by wt.)

1              2                 3               4                  5                                               6

 

I               0.3              5.5            6.0               2.0             Parboiled handpounded medium rice shall :-

II             0.7              9.5            12.0             3.0             (a)  be the dried mature kernels of Oryza sativa L;

III            1.2              14.5          18.0             5.0             (b)  have uniform size, shape and colour; 

IV            2.0              22.5          30.0             9.0            

                                                                                         (c)  be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from moulds weevils, obnoxious smell, discolouration admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the Schedule;

 

                                                                                         (d)  be in sound merchantable condition;tion;

 

                                                                                         (e)  not have moisture exceeding 15 percent; and

 

 

DEFINITIONS :

Foreign Matter :- It includes dust, stone, lumps of earth, chaff, stem or straw and any other impurity.

Broken :- Shall include pieces of kernels which are less than three-fourth of a whole kernel. The pieces smaller than one-fourth of the whole kernel are to be treated as fragments. The proportion of fragments shall not exceed 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 percent for grade I, II, III  respectively.

Admixture :-  The presence of inferior varieties and red kernels shall be considered as admixture. The proportion of red kenels shall not exceed 2.0, 4.0 and 6.0 percent for grades I, II and III respectively.

Red Kernels :- Kernels, whole or broken, which have 25% or more of their surface coated with red bran.

Damaged and Discoloured:- Grains  that are internally damaged or discoloured, damage and discolouration materially affecting the quality. The proportion of damaged shall not exceed 5.0 percent for grade IV.
 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATIONS AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF PARBOILED HANDPOUNDED COMMON (COARSE) RICE

 

                                   Special Characteristics 

Grade       ------------------------------------------------------------------------

designation                                  (Maximum limit of tolerance)

                 -----------------------------------------------------------------------               General characteristics

                Foreign       Brokens    Admixture   Damaged, 

                matter         (% by wt.) of Red         Discoloured

                (% by wt.)                    Grains in     (% by wt.)

                                                    White

                                                    (% by wt.)

 

1              2                 3               4                  5                                               6

 

I               0.5              12.5          5.0               3.0             Parboiled handpounded common rice shall :-

II             1.0              22.5          10.0             5.0             (a)  be the dried mature kernels of Oryza sativa L;

III            1.5              32.5          15.0             7.0             (b)  have uniform size, shape and colour; 

IV            3.0              42.5          25.0             10.0          

                                                                                         (c)  be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome and free from moulds weevils, obnoxious smell, discolouration admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the Schedule;

 

                                                                                         (d)  be in sound merchantable condition; and

 

                                                                                         (e)  not have moisture exceeding 15 percent;

 

 

DEFINITIONS:

Foreign Matter:- It includes dust, stone, lumps of earth, chaff, stem or straw and any other impurity.

Broken :- Shall include pieces of kernels which are less than three-fourth of a whole kernel. The pieces smaller than one-fourth of the whole kernel are to be treated as fragments. The proportion of fragments shall not exceed 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 percent for grade I, II, III respectively. Damaged and Discoloured :- Grains  that are internally damaged or discoloured, damage and discolouration materially affecting the quality. The proportion of damaged shall not exceed 5.0 percent for grade IV.
 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATIONS AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF FINE BROKEN RICE
 

                                   Special Characteristics 

Grade       ------------------------------------------------------------------------

designation                                  (Maximum limit of tolerance)

                 -----------------------------------------------------------------------               General characteristics

                Foreign             Brokens             Damaged,      

                matter               (% by wt.)          Discolored and

                (% by wt.)                                   Chalky*

                                                                   (% by wt.)

 

1              2                       3                        4                    

 

I               2.0 Not less than                         80                   5.0 

II             4.0 Not less than                         60                   10.0

III            4.0 Less than    60                      15.0               

                                                                                         Fine broken shall :-

                                                                                         (a)  be the pieces of kernels of scented varieties of rice

                                                                                                (Oryza sativa L);

                                                                                        

                                                                                         (b)  have uniform colour;

 

                                                                                         (c)  be scented, sweet hard, clean and free from moulds, weevils, obnoxious smell, discolouration, admixture of deleterious substances and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the Schedule;

 

                                                                                         (d)  be in sound merchantable condition; and

 

                                                                                         (e)  not have moisture exceeding 14 and 15 percent; for raw and parboiled varieties respectively.

 

 

* In which damaged grains will not exceed 3,5 and 5 percent for grade I, II and III respectively.

DEFINITIONS :

Foreign Matter :- It includes dust, stone, lumps of earth, chaff, stem or straw and any other impurity.

Brokens :- Pieces of kernels which are less than three-fourth of a whole kernel.

Fragments :- Piece of kernels which are less than one-fourth of the whole kernels.

Damaged and Discoloured :- Grains  that are internally damaged or discoloured, damage and discolouration materially affecting the quality.

Chalky :-  Grains at least half of which is milky white in colour and brittle in nature.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATIONS AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF COMMON BROKEN RICE

 

                                   Special Characteristics 

Grade       ------------------------------------------------------------------------

designation        (Maximum limit of tolerance)

                 -----------------------------------------------------------------------               General characteristics

                Foreign             Brokens             Damaged,      

                matter               (% by wt.)          and Discoloured

                (% by wt.)                                   & Chalky, *

                                                                   (% by wt.)

 

1              2                       3                        4                    

 

I               3.0 Not less than                         80                   5.0  Common broken rice shall :-

II             4.0 Not less than                         60                   10.0            (a)        be the pieces of kernels of the non-scented varieties of

III            4.0  Less than   60                      15.0                      rice (Oryza sativa L.)

                                                                                         (b)  have uniform colour;lour;lour;

 

                                                                                         (c)  be sweet, dry hand, clean and free from moulds weevils, obnoxious  and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the  Schedule;

 

                                                                                         (d)  be in sound merchantable condition; and

 

                                                                                         (e)  not have moisture exceeding 14 and 15 percent for raw and parboiled varieties of rice respectively.

 

* In which damaged grains will not exceed 3,5 and 5 percent for grades I, II and III respectively.

DEFINITIONS :

Foreign Matter :- It includes dust, stone, lumps of earth, chaff, stem or straw and any other impurity.

Brokens :- Pieces of kernels which are less than three-fourth of a whole kernel.

Fragments :- Piece of kernels which are less than one-fourth of the whole kernels.

Damaged and Discoloured:- Grains  that are internally damaged or discoloured, damage and discolouration materially affecting the quality.
Chalky :-  Grains at least half of which is milky white in colour and brittle in nature.
 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

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AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE SPECIFICATIONS AND DEFINITIONS OF QUALITY OF SOYABEAN

The Agmark grade standards for Soybean notified under the Agricultural Produce (Grading and Marking) Act 1937 by the Central Government (Directorate of Marketing and Inspection) are given in Table No.- 4.

Table No.–4

Grade designation and definition of quality of Soybean seeds

Grade desig-nations

Special requirements

Oil content on dry basis percent by weight

Acid value of oil

Moisture content

percent

by weight

Damaged,

discoloured,

insect infested beans percent

by weight

Immature, shrivelled beans

percent

by weight

Splits, brokens, cracked beans

percent

by weight

Inorganic foreign matter percent by weight

Organic foreign matter percent by weight

 

Mini- mum

Maxi- mum

Maxi-

mum

Maxi-

mum

Maxi-

mum

Maxi-

mum

Maxi-mum

Maxi-

mum

 

20

3

10

1

2

5

0.5

0.5

 

18

4

12

2

3

10

0.5

0.5

 

15

6

12

3

5

20

0.5

1.5

 

                   

 

General Characteristics:

Soybean shall be;

a) the mature, dried, clean and wholesome seeds of the plant Glycine max (L) Merrill;

b) of uniform size , shape and colour characteristic of the variety;

c) free from mould, musty odour or added colouring matter;

d) completely free from admixture of any poisonous, toxic, harmful or non-edible seeds like neem, argemone, khesari, castor, mahua, etc;

e) free from pesticides/insecticide residue, except to the extent permissible under the PFA Rules and shall not contain uric acid exceeding 100 mg/kg and mycotoxin including afflatoxin exceeding 30 micrograms per kilogram.

 

 

Explanations:

1) Damaged and discoloured 

Include beans or pieces of beans which are sprouted, mouldy, diseased or materially damaged due to heat, moisture or microbial action.

2) Insect infected

Include beans or pieces of beans that are partially or wholly bored or eaten by insects.

3) Immature and shriveled

Include beans which are not fully mature or properly developed and shrunk out of shape.

4) Splits, broken and cracked beans

Include mechanically damaged beans or pieces of beans with broken seed coat.

5) Inorganic foreign matter 

Includes sand, dust, dirt, stones, lumps of earth.

6) Organic foreign matter

Includes chaff, stem, straw, husk and other edible seeds.

 

II) Specifications followed by NAFED for procurement:

National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation (NAFED) is the central nodal agency of Government of India, which arranges procurement of Soybean under Price Support Scheme (P.S.S.). The grade specifications followed during marketing season 2003-2004 is given in Table No.–5.

Table No. – 5

Grade specifications of Soybean followed by NAFED for price support scheme during 2003-04 marketing season

S.No.

Special Characteristics

Maximum limits of tolerance(percentage by weight per quintal) for FAQ

1.

Foreign matter and impurities

2

2.

Shrivelled and immature beans

5

3.

Damaged and Weevilled beans

3

4.

Mechanically damaged beans

(split, broken and crack)

15

5.

Moisture content

12

 

Definitions:

1. Foreign matter means dust, dirt, stones, lumps of earth, chaff, stem, straw or any other impurity.

2. Damaged and weevilled beans are the beans or pieces of these which have sprouted or are internally damaged as a result of heat, moisture, insect or microbial action.

3. Shriveled and immature beans are the beans that are shrunk, out of shape, or are not fully mature or developed and are often discoloured.

 

[Source: National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation (NAFED)]

III) Grade Specifications of Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA):

SOPA has a vision to focus on quality of Indian Soybean products marketed both in domestic and international markets to ensure reliable, consistent and uniform quality and to create brand equity in both the markets. SOPA certify those Soybean products which are covered by SOPA standards. Specifications for Soybean seed followed by SOPA are as follows:

S.No.

Characteristic

Limit

Requirement

1

Moisture, percent by mass

Maximum

12.00 %

2

Protein (N x 6.25), percent by mass

Minimum

36.00 %

3

Crude fat or ether extract, percent by mass

Minimum

18.00 %

4

Acid insoluble ash, percent by mass

Maximum

01.50 %

5

Damaged Seeds, percent by mass

Maximum

05.00 %

6

Foreign matter, percent by mass

Maximum

04.00 %

Source : www.sopa.org

IV) CODEX standards:

A) The CODEX standards for Soybean:

Maximum residue limits for pesticides as per Codex for Soybean (dry) are given in Table No.- 6. 

Table No. –6

Maximum residue limits for pesticides as per Codex for Soybean (dry)

Sl .No.

Pesticides

MRL ( Mg / Kg.)

1.

Azinphos-methyl

MRL 0.05*

2.

Carbaryl

MRL 1

3.

Diquat

MRL 0.2

4.

Fenitrothion

MRL 0.1

5.

Paraquat

MRL 0.1

6.

Parathion

MRL 0.05*

7.

Carbondazim

MRL 0.2

8.

Fenamiphos

MRL 0.05*

9.

Methamyl

MRL 0.02

10.

Acephate

MRL 0.5

11.

Carbafuran

MRL 0.2

12.

Methamidophos

MRL 0.05

13.

Phorate

MRL 0.05

14.

Aldicarb

MRL 0.02*

15.

Cypermethrin

MRL 0.05*

16.

Fenvalerate

MRL 0.1

17.

Permethrin

MRL 0.05*

18.

Oxamyl

MRL 0.1

19.

Diflubenzuron

MRL 0.1

20.

Metalaxyl

MRL 0.05*

21.

Triozophas

MRL 0.05*

22.

Ethoprophos

MRL 0.02*

23.

Glyphospate

MRL 2.0

24.

Terbufos

MRL 0.05*

25.

Profenofos

MRL 0.05*

26.

Bentazone

MRL 0.05*

27.

Glufosinate ammonium

MRL 0.1

28.

Cycloxydim

MRL 2

Note : MRL -- Maximum Residue Limit.

EMRL -- Extraneous Maximum Residue Limit.

* -- At or about the limit of determination.

Source : www.codexalimentarius.net

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

           
 

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FAIR AVERAGE QUALITIES FOR GROUNDNUT-IN-SHELL

           
SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION

Sl.No

Special Characteristics

Maximum Limits of tolerance           (% by weight per qtl) for

Bold (FAQ)

Ginny (FAQ).

1

Foreign matter.

2

2

2

Damaged Pods

2

2

3

Shrivelled & Immature pods

4

4

4

Pods of other varieties.

4

4

5

Shelling (Kernels/pods).

65 & above.

70 & above.

6

Moisture contents

8

8

DEFINITIONS :

  1. Foreign matters mean dust, dirt, stones, lumps of earth, chaff, stem, straw or any other impurity.
  2. Damaged pods are those pods that are damaged mechanically or by mould, weevil or any other insect attack or those showing internal discolouration of kernels materially affecting the quality of the pods.
  3. Shrivelled & immature pods are those pods which are imperfectly developed.

Source: GOI, Ministry Agriculture and cooperation, 2009-2010

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE SPECIFICATION OF GROUNDNUT PODS (UNSHELLED) KNOWN COMMERCIALLY AS RED NATALS (ARACHIS HYPOGAEA)

A) General characteristics:

The Groundnut pods shall have the characteristics shape, configuration and appearance of the variety commercially known as ‘Red Natal”, shall be of the season’s crop, not moist to touch, shall not show visible, signs of insects and moulds and shall not have excessive dirt.

B) Special characteristics:

 

Grade

designation

Maximum limit of tolerance

 

Foreign matter

%  

Damaged pods

%  

Shrivelled and Immature pods

%

Pods of other varieties

%  

Shelling

%

(kernels/pods) minimum  

Special

1.0

0.50

2.0

1.0

74

Standard

2.0

1.00

3.5

2.0

70

General

3.0

2.00

5.0

5.0

68

EXPLANATION :

1. “Foreign matter” means dust, dirt, stones, lumps of earth, chaff, stem, straw or any other impurity.

2. “Damaged pods” are those pods that are damaged mechanically or by mould, weevil or any other insect attack those showing internal discolouration of kernels materially affecting the quality of the pods.

3. “Shrivelled and immature pods” are those pods which are imperfectly developed.

NOTE :

For accidental errors, a tolerance is permissible upto 0.25, 0.50 and 1.00 per cent in excess of the tolerance specified each of the columns 2, 3 and 4 for Special, Standard and General grades, respectively and a tolerance of 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 percent in excess of the specified tolerance in column 5 for Special, Standard and General grades respectively.

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE SPECIFICATION OF GROUNDNUT PODS (unshelled) Known commercially as bold (Arachis hypogaea)

A) General characteristics :

The Groundnut pods shall have the characteristics shape, configuration and appearance of the variety commercials known as ‘Bold’ shall be of the season’s crop, not moisture to touch, shall not show visible signs of insects and moulds and shall not have excessive dirt.

B) Special characteristics :

Grade

designation

Maximum limit of tolerance

 

Foreign matter %

 

Damaged pods

%  

Shrivelled and Immature pods

%  

Pods of other varieties

%  

Shelling

%

(kernels/ pods) minimum  

Special

1.0

0.5

3.0

1.0

69

Standard

2.0

1.0

3.5

2.0

66

General

3.0

2.0

5.0

5.0

62

 

EXPLANATION :

1. “Foreign matter” means dust, dirt, stones, lumps of earth, chaff, stem, straw or any other impurity.

2. “Damaged pods” are those pods that are damaged mechanically or by mould, weevil or any  other insect attached or those showing internal discolouration of kernels materially affecting the quality of the pods.

3. “Shrivelled and immature pods” are those pods which are imperfectly developed.

 

NOTE:

For accidental errors, a tolerance is permissible upto 0.25, 0.50 and 1.00 per cent in excess of the tolerance specified in each of the columns 2,3 and 4 for Special, Standard and General Grades respectively and a tolerance of 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 per cent in excess of the specified tolerance in column 5 for Special, Standard and General grades respectively.

Agmark Standards: Grade Specification of Groundnut pods (unshelled) known commercially as ‘Coromondal’ (Arachis hypogaea)

A) General characteristics :

 

The Groundnut pods shall have the characteristic shape, configuration and appearance of the variety commercially known as ‘coromondal’ shall be of the season’s crop, not moist to touch, shall not show visible, signs of insects and moulds and shall not have excessive dirt.

 

B) Special characteristics:

Grade designation

Maximum limit of tolerance

 

Foreign matter %

 

Damaged pods

%  

Shrivelled and Immature pods %

 

Pods of other varieties%

 

Shelling % (kernels/ pods) minimum

Special

1.0

0.5

2.0

1.0

70

Standard

2.0

1.0

3.5

2.0

67

General

3.0

2.0

5.0

5.0

64

 

EXPLANATION :

1. “Foreign matter” means dust, dirt, stones, lumps of earth, chaff, stem, straw or any other impurity.

2. “Damaged pods” are those pods that are damaged mechanically or by mould, weevil or any other insect attack are those showing internal discolouration of kernels materially affecting the quality of the pods.

3. “Shrivelled and immature pods” are those pods which are imperfectly developed.

NOTE :

For accidental errors, a tolerance is permissible upto 0.25, 0.50 and 1.00 per cent in excess of the tolerance specified in each of the columns 2, 3 and 4 for Special, Standard and General grades, respectively and a tolerance of 1.0, 2.0 and 3 per cent in excess of the specified tolerance in column 5 for Special, Standard and General grades respectively.

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 Agmark Standards: Grade Specification of Groundnut pods (unshelled) known commercially as  ‘Peanuts’ (Arachis hypogaea)

A) General characteristics :

 

The Groundnut pods shall have the characteristic shape, configuration and appearance the variety commercially known as ‘peanut’ shall be of the season’s crop, not moist to touch, shall not show visible, signs of insects and moulds and shall not have excessive dirt.

B) Special characteristics:

 

Maximum limit of tolerance

Grade

designation

Foreign matter %

 

Damaged pods%   

Shrivelled and Immature pods %

 

Pods of other varieties%

 

Shelling

%

(kernels/ pods) minimum  

Special

1.0

0.5

2.0

1.0

72

Standard

2.0

1.0

3.5

2.0

69

General

3.0

2.0

5.0

5.0

66

EXPLANATION :

1. “Foreign matter” means dust, dirt, stones, lumps of earth, chaff, stem, straw or any other impurity.

2. “Damaged pods” are those pods that are damaged mechanically or by mould, weevil or any other insect attack are those showing internal discolouration of kernels materially affecting the quality of the pods.

3. “Shrivelled and immature pods” are those pods which are imperfectly developed.

 

NOTE :

For accidental errors, a tolerance is permissible upto 0.25, 0.50 and 1.00 per cent in excess of the tolerance specified in each of the columns 2, 3 and 4 for Special, Standard and General grades, respectively and a tolerance of 1.0, 2.0 and 3 per cent in excess of the specified tolerance in column 5 for Special, Standard and General grades respectively.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

 

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FAIR AVERAGE QUALITIES FOR SUNFLOWER SEED

           
SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION

Sl.No

Special Characteristics

Maximum Limits of tolerance           (% by weight per qtl) for FAQ

1

Impurities (Foreign matter).

2

2

Split or cracked seeds.

3

3

Damaged & Weevilled.

4

4

Immature & Shrivelled.

5

5

Moisture contents.

9

DEFINITIONS :

  1. Foreign matters shall be the leaves, stems, stones, straw, chaff, lumps of earth, non edible seeds or any other impurity.
  2. Damaged & weevilled seeds shall be the seeds which are internally damaged or discoloured, broken and/or wholly or partly bored/eaten by the weevil, materially affecting the quality.
  3. Shrivelled & immature shall be the grains which are not properly developed and/or shrunken.
  4. Slightly damaged shall be the seed which are externally or partly damaged or discoloured without affecting the quality materially.

Source: GOI, Ministry Agriculture and cooperation, 2009-2010

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FAIR AVERAGE QUALITIES FOR SESAMUM

           
SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION

Sl.No

Special Characteristics

Maximum Limits of tolerance           (% by weight per qtl) for FAQ

1

Foreign matter.

2

2

Shrivelled & immature

3

3

Damaged & discoloured.

2

4

Admixture of other varieties

10

5

Moisture contents.

7

DEFINITIONS :

  1. Foreign matters means dust, dirt, stones, lumps of earth, chaff, stem, straw or any other impurity.
  2. Damaged & discoloured seeds are the seeds that are materially or internally damaged or discoloured materially affecting the quality. 
  3. Shrivelled & immature and dead are the seeds which are imperfectly developed and /or shrunken.   Dead seeds are those seeds which are duds and can be easily crushed by fingers.
  4. Admixture of other types/varieties: Means admixture of brown/black and other coloured sesamum seeds in white and vice versa.

Source: GOI, Ministry Agriculture and cooperation, 2009-2010

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FAIR AVERAGE QUALITIES FOR NIGERSEED

           
SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION

Sl.No

Special Characteristics

Maximum Limits of tolerance           (% by weight per qtl) for FAQ

1

Foreign matter.

3

2

Shrivelled & immature

4

3

Damaged & discoloured.

5

4

Moisture contents.

8

DEFINITIONS :

  1. Foreign matters means dust, dirt, stones, lumps of earth, chaff, stem, straw or any other impurity.
  2. Damaged  discoloured and slightly damaged are the seed that are materially or internally damaged or discolored so as to affect the quality of the material.   Slightly damaged means the seeds which are superficially damaged or discolored not materially affecting the quality.
  3. Shrivelled & immature and dead are the seeds which are imperfectly developed and /or shrunken.   Dead seeds are those seeds which are duds and can be easily crushed by fingers.

Source: GOI, Ministry Agriculture and cooperation, 2009-2010

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AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE SPECIFICATIONS OF  ARHAR (TUR)

          Pulses shall have reasonably uniform size, shape and colour. Pulses shall be sweet, clean, wholesome and free from moulds, weevils, obnoxious smell, discoloration, admixture of deleterious substances (including added colouring matter) and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the schedule.
SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION

Sl.No

Special Characteristics

Maximum Limits of tolerance           (% by weight per qtl) for FAQ

1

Foreign matter.

2

2

Admixture.

3

3

Damaged pulses.

3

4

Slightly damaged pulses.

4

5

Immature and shrivelled pulses.

3

6

Weevilled pulses

4

7

Moisture.

12

NOTE:

  1. Foreign matters include  dust,  stones, lumps of earth, chaff, husk, stem, straw or any other impurity including edible and non-edible seeds.
  2. Admixture means any pulses other than the pricipal pulses.
  3. Damaged pulses are those pulses that are internally/damaged or discoloured to such an extent that the damage or discolouration materially affects the quality of the pulses.
  4. Slightly damaged pulses are those pulses that are superficially damaged or discoloured such damage or discolouration not materially affecting the quality of the pulses.
  5. Immature and shrivelled pulses are those pulses that are not properly developed.
  6. Weevilled pulses are those pulses that are partially or wholly bored or eaten  by weevil or other grain insects.


 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF ARHAR/TUR (RED GRAM) WHOLE

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

 

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

0.5

0.5

3.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

0.5

2.0

5.0

General

14.0

0.75

0.25

2.0

5.0

10.0

Note:- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight..

          

Arhar/Tur whole shall – General Requirements

 

(a)  be the dried and mature  seeds of Pulse (Cajanus cajan);

(b)  be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)  be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus

(f)   communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly recognized as

(g)   harmful to health;

(h) Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(i)   Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally occurring toxic

(j)   substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration

(k)  Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi
 

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF ARHAR/TUR (RED GRAM) SPLIT (HUSKED)

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Broken   grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

Nil

0.5

2.0

1.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

0.2

2.0

5.0

2.0

General

14.0

0.75

0.25

0.5

5.0

8.0

3.0

Note.- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight.

         

General Requirements

 

Arhar/Tur Split (husked) shall –

 

(a)  consist of husked and  split  seeds of Pulse (Cajanus cajan);

(b)  be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)   be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus

(f)   communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly recognized as

(g)  harmful to health;

(h) Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(i)   Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally occurring toxic

(j)   substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration

(k)  Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi


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AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF URD WHOLE (BLACK GRAM)

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

 

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

0.1

0.5

2.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

0.5

2.0

4.0

General

14.0

0.75

0.25

3.0

5.0

6.0

Note.- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight..

          

General Requirements Urd whole shall

 

(a)          be the dried mature seeds of Pulse (Phaseolus mungo Linn.);

(b)          be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)          be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)          be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)          be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.),Castor bean  

(f)           (Ricinus communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly

(g)           recognized as harmful to health;

(h)         Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(i)           Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally occurring toxic

(j)            substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food

(k)           Adulteration Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF URD SPLIT (HUSKED)

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Broken and Fragments grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

0.1

0.5

0.5

1.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

0.5

2.0

2.0

2.0

General

14.0

0.75

0.25

3.0

5.0

5.0

3.0

 

Note.- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight..

          

General Requirements Urd Split (husked) shall –

 

(a)  Consist of husked and split seeds of Pulse (Phaseolus mungo Linn.);

(b)  be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)  be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly recognized as harmful to health;

(f)   Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed, 100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(g)  Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally  occurring toxic substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed under the  Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF URD SPLIT (UNHUSKED)

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

                   

Moisture

Foreign matter

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Broken and Fragments grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

0.1

0.5

2.0

1.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

0.5

2.0

4.0

2.0

General

14.0

0.75

0.25

3.0

5.0

6.0

3.0

 

Note.- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight.

 

General Requirements Urd Split (unhusked) shall

 

(a)  Consist of unhusked and split seeds of Pulse (Phaseolus mungo Linn.);

(b)  be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)   be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus

(f)   communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly recognized as

(g)   harmful to health;

(h) Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(g) Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), cropcontaminants (rule 57-A) naturally occurring toxic  substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65), and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

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AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF MOONG (WHOLE)

                             Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

 

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

0.1

0.5

2.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

0.5

2.0

4.0

General

14.0

0.75

0.25

3.0

5.0

6.0

Note.- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight.

 

General Requirements Moong whole shall

 

(a)   (a)  be the dried mature seeds of Pulse green gram (Phaseolus aurues Roxb. or phaseolus radiatus Roxb).;

(b)  be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)  be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus

(f)    communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly recognized as

(g)   harmful to health;

(h) Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(i)   Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A) naturally occurring toxic

(j)    substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65), and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration

(k)  Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF MOONG SPLIT (HUSKED)

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Broken  grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

0.1

0.5

1.0

1.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

0.5

2.0

3.0

2.0

General

14.0

0.75

0.25

3.0

5.0

6.0

3.0

 

Note:- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight.

 

General Requirements Moong Split (husked) shall

 

(a)  Consist of husked and split seeds of Pulse green gram  (Phaseolus  aurues Roxb. or Phaseolus rediatus Roxb.);

(b)  be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)  be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly recognized as harmful to health;

(f)   Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(g)  Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop  contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally occurring toxic

       substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed under  the Prevention of Food Adulteration

       Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF MOONG SPLIT (UNHUSKED)

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)                  

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Broken and Fragments grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

0.1

0.5

0.5

1.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

0.5

2.0

2.0

2.0

General

14.0

0.75

0.25

3.0

5.0

5.0

3.0

 

Note.- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight..

          

Moong split (unhusked)  shall –General Requirements

 

(a)  consist of unhusked and split seeds of Pulse green gram  (Phaseolus  aurues Roxb. or Phaseolus rediatus Roxb.);

(b)   be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)   be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus

(f)   communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds  that are commonly recognized as

(g)   harmful to health;

(h) Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(i)   Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop  contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally  occurring toxic substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed

       under  the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

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AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF MASOOR (LENTIL) WHOLE

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

 

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

0.1

0.5

2.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

0.5

2.0

4.0

General

14.0

0.75

0.25

3.0

5.0

6.0

Note:- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight..

          

Masoor whole shall – General Requirements

 

 (a)          be the dried mature seeds of Pulse lentil (Lens exculenta Moench or Lens culinaris      Medik or Ervum Lens Linn.);

(b)  be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)  be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus

(f)   communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly recognized as

(g)   harmful to health;

(h) Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(i)   Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally occurring toxic 

(j)    substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration

(k)  Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF MASOOR (LENTIL) SPLIT (HUSKED)

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

 

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Broken grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

Nil

0.5

0.1

1.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

0.5

2.0

0.5

2.0

General

14.0

0.75

0.25

2.0

5.0

1.0

3.0

Note.- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight..
 

General Requirements

Masoor  Split  (husked) shall –

(a)  Consist  of husked and split seeds of lentil (Lens exculenta Moench or Lens culinaris Medik or Ervum Lens Linn.);

(b)  be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)  be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus

(f)   communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly recognized as

(g)   harmful to health;

(h) Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(i)   Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally occurring toxic

(j)   substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration

(k)  Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi


 


 

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GRADE SPECIFICATIONS OF COTTON PRESCRIBED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA FOR FAQ VARIETY UNDER PRICE SUPPORT SCHEME FOR THE COTTON

         
SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION

Sl.No

Commodity

Basic staple length

Micronaire Value

M.S.P. for 2009-10 (Rs.per quintal).

1

Cotton

24.5 – 25.5 mm

4.3 – 5.1

2,500.00

2

Cotton

29.5 – 30.5 mm

3.5 – 4.3

3,000.00

Agmark Standards:

 Methods of Grading.

‘Grade’ in cotton is determined by a number of physical properties. These essentially are: colour, luster, fineness, trash content, level of stained or immature kapas, feel and moisture content.

(a) MARKING OF LOTS –

A lot denotes the kapas of one variety brought by one producer for sale on a given day. Lots of different varieties are to be offered separately and should not be mixed. The lot number should be clearly marked on the containers. The marking should also include a suitable code number to indicate the variety, the number of carts/trucks/bags/containers indicating the lot and the date of arrivals.

(b) DRAWING OF SAMPLES –

For grading, approximately 4 kg. samples are to be taken from each lot, drawing small quantities from at least four different places so that the samples are representative.

(c) FACTORS FOR EVALUATION –

There are three main factors for evaluation, of kapas samples viz., grade, staple length and ginning percentage. The determination of each of these factorsis described below.

 

Grade                                     General Characters

Designation

 

Special        Shall be white in colour and silky in feel (characteristic of the variety):

                    shall be free from stained kapas or immature kapas: shall be free

                    from added dded moisture.ture.

“A”                Shall be white in colour and silky in feel (characteristic of the variety):

                    slightly leafy: free from stained kapas and immature kapas; shall be

                    free from added moisture.

“B”               Slightly dull in colour; soft in feel; slightly free from leaf, stained kapas

                     or immature kapas; shall be free from added moisture.

“C”               Slightly dull in colour: soft in feel; moderately free from leaf, stained

                     kapas or immature kapas; shall be free from added moisture.

“D”               Dull in colour, good in feel; leafy; containes stained and immature

                     kapas; shall be free from added moisture.

“X”              Any kapas that does not fall into any of the above grades.

 

(d) DETERMINATION OF GINNING PERCENTAGE –

After assigning the grade, the kapas on the grading table shall be divided into two equal parts and one part replaced in the bag. The material remaining shall again be mixed and made into two parts of which one shall be retained. This process is to be continued until approximately 500 gm. of kapas is left on the grading table. From this, a test sample of 80 to 100 gm. is to be taken for determining the ginning percentage when the laboratory model gin is used. In the case of commercial gin, the sample size prescribed is 500 gm. The sample selected for ginning has then to be put in a cloth bag to which the grade card showing the lot number etc. shall be pinned and sent to the grader in charge of ginning. The gins are to be properly cleaned and adjusted before ginning. In the case of laboratory model gin, the “ginning percentage balance” can be used to directly obtain the ginning percentage. When commercial gin is used, the kapas as well as lint and seed after ginning are to be carefully collected and weighed in an analytical balance to determine the ginning percentage. The ginning percentage shall be noted on the grade card and signed by the grader in charge of ginning. The lint and seeds in a separate cloth bag are then to be sent to the grading officer along with the grade card. The latter shall enter the ginning particulars in the concerned register to complete the record.

 

(e) DETERMINATION OF STAPLE –

A “pull” of the lint from the resultant lint shall be obtained from the cloth bag by the method specified and enter the staple length of this “pull” in the appropriate column of the grade card. The lint and seeds are then to be placed in cloth bag and the grade card returned to the grader who will place the grade card indicating the ‘grade’, ginning percentage and staple length on the lot. The sample of lint may also be displayed on the lot. The auction of the lot shall take place only after the ‘grade’, ginning percentage and staple length of the lot have been assigned to it and are properly exhibited along with the lot for the examination of intending buyers. After the

auction is completed, the grader shall enter the price in the grade card and return the same to the Grading Officer for record. Disputes, if any, are to be settled by an Advisory Committee consisting of one representative each of the Market Committee, growers and local traders with the Grading Officer working as the convener.

I) Agmark Grade Standard / Specifications

 

The grading of cotton has been taken up under Agmark since 1939, as per provisions of the Agricultural Produce (Grading and Marking) Act. 1937 and the cotton Grading & Marking Rules, 1939 (as amended 1971). The Grading and Marking Rules have also been framed for cotton seeds. The relevant rules for grading under Agmark are furnished at Annexure-I, II

 

II) Cotton Standards Around The World

The USDA has taken a leadership role in efforts to bring standardization and acceptance of its HVI (High Volume Instruments) cotton classification system into the

international arena where cotton is an important product in global textile import and export markets. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) maintains two standards for cotton fibers: one for the measurement of micronaire (ISO 2403: 1972, Textiles-Cotton fibres-Determination of micronaire value) and another for equipment and artificial lighting guideline for cotton classing rooms (ISO 4911: 1980 Textiles-Cotton fibres-Equipment and artificial lighting for cotton classing rooms) but does not have any cotton fiber classification standards. ASTM - with industry support from USDA, Cotton Incorporated, testing equipment manufacturers, and the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Customs, and Homeland Security - maintains the basic cotton fiber test method and HVI standards. Additional cotton classification standards are planned for development within ASTM’s Subcommittee D13.11. USDA’s expertise and experience in cotton classification was noted by the International Cotton Advisory Committee’s Expert Panel on Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of Cotton when they recommended USDA’s classification system

as the model to be used by other countries’ cotton classification process in 2004. China’s upland cotton production is consumed by that country’s own textile  industry. Even though its cotton planting area has increased to the level that it is now the  largest producer of cotton in the world, it has become an importer of cotton during the last two years. China’s cotton classification system is currently based on individual instrument measurements and visual color grades. In 2003, the Chinese government made the decision to move toward full cotton classification using HVI systems. The Chinese Fiber Inspection Bureau has been given the task of implementing such a system by 2010.

 

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FAIR AVERAGE QUALITIES  FOR BALL COPRA
 

SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION

Sr

Characteristics

Maximum limits of tolerance for FAQ

1

Size (Diameter) minimum in mm

75

2

Foreign matter % by weight max.

0.2

3

Mouldy & black kernels % count max.

2.0

4

Wrinkled kernels % by count max

10.0

5

Chips % by weight max.

1.0

6

Moisture content % by weight max

7.0

DESCRIPTION :

  1. These shall be the kernels obtained intact and in the form of ball from the fruits of cocos  nucifera linn, fam-palmae.
  2. These shall be well dried, reasonably firm and in sound merchantable condition.
  3. These may be fumigated by sulphur or other fumigants permissible under PFA Rules, 1955 and shall be free from rancid taste and objectionable odour.   The testa shall be whitish to dark brown in colour and the meat shall be pearl white to ash white in colour and shall be sweet in taste.

NOTE:

  1. Foreign matters include  sand, dust, straw and shell.
  2. Mouldy & black kernels include balls in which more than 5% of the inner surface is covered with mould and or dark brown to black in colour.
  3. Wrinkled kernels include balls that are shrunk out of normal shape or are not fully matured or developed or have a rubbery structure and uneven surface.   Such kernels are often discoloured.
  4. Chips include pieces of kernels which are smaller in size.
  5. Meat means the soft body enclosed in the shell which carries the oil.
  6. +Packing under Non-specified grade will be allowed only against a specified order from the foreign buyer indicating the quantity and quality of the produce desired. 

+Non-specified.

Source: GOI, Ministry Agriculture and cooperation, 2009-2010

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GRADE SPECIFICATIONS AND DEFINITIONS OF QUALITY OF MILLING COPRA


SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION

Sr

Characteristics

Maximum limits of tolerance for FAQ

1

Foreign matter % by max

1.0

2

Mouldy & black kernels % count max.

10.0

3

Wrinkled kernels % by count max

10.0

4

Chips % by weight max.

10.0

5

Moisture content % by weight max

6.0

DESCRIPTION :
These shall be the kernels obtained from the fruits of cocos  nucifera linn, fam-palmae, which have been cut into approx two equal pieces forming a cup shape.   These shall be well dried, reasonably firm and in sound merchantable condition.   It may be fumigated by  sulphur or other fumigants permissible under PFA Rules, 1955 and shall be free from rancid taste and objectionable odour.   The testa shall be whitish to dark brown in colour and the meat shall be pearl white to ash white in colour.
NOTE:

  1. Foreign matter includes  sand, dust, straw and shell.
  2. Mouldy & black kernels include those in which more than 5% of the inner surface is covered with mould and or dark brown to black in colour.
  3. Wrinkled kernels include those that are shrunk out of normal shape or are not fully matured or developed or have a  structure and uneven surface.   Such kernels are often discoloured.
  4. Chips include pieces of kernels which are smaller in size.
  5. Meat means the soft body enclosed in the shell which carries the oil.
  6. +Packing under Non-specified grade will be allowed only against a specified order from the foreign buyer indicating the quantity and quality of the produce desired. 

+Non-specified.

Source: GOI, Ministry Agriculture and cooperation, 2009-2010

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FAIR AVERAGE QUALITIES FOR DEHUSKED COCONUT

Fully matured good size fresh dehusked coconut is to be procured under the scheme.   The maturity of nuts can be physically verified by considering following parameters:

  1.  11-12 months old nuts (After opening of the spathe)  are considered to be ideal for the purpose of copra making.
  2. Fully matured nuts will have black hard shell with three clear and legible longitudinal markings.
  3. The outer colour of the de-husked nut will have distinct brown colour and free movement of water within the nut, which can be felt on shaking the nuts.
  4. Among the three eyes on top of the nuts, the eyes having the embryo must be strong and brown to black in colour, which is an indication of the maturity of the nuts.

 

After conversion, the copra so obtained must meet the prescribed quality parameters of FAQ grade of Milling Copra.  
 

Source: GOI, Ministry Agriculture and cooperation, 2009-2010

 

 

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GRADE SPECIFICATIONS FOR  ARECANUT RED VARIETY

  1. The Arecanut to be procured should not be less than 6mm of diameter and not above the 22 mm of diameter and should comprise of 45% of Gundubetta – 45% of Karigayi – 10% of Chikani.
  2. Broken variety of Arecanut should not be procured in any circumstances.
  3. Moisture content of the arecanut to be procured should be within 4%.
  4. The Foreign materials content in the quality of procurement should not be above 0.5%.

 

 

 

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GRADE SPECIFICATIONS FOR ARECANUT FOR NEW  WHITE VARIETY ARECANUT

SCHEDULE OF SPECIFICATION

Sr

Characteristics

Maximum limits of tolerance for FAQ

1

Size (Diameter) Minimum in mm

Above 17 mm

2

Foreign matter % by weight maximum

0.2

3

Mouldy black kernels % by count maximum.

3.0

4

Moisture content % by weight maximum.

7.0

 

AGMARK GRADE AND SPECIFICATION FOR ARECANUT:

 

 

 

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AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF KABULI CHANA

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

 

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

0.5

0.5

3.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

2.0

2.0

6.0

General

16.0

0.75

0.25

4.0

5.0

10.0

Note.- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight.

 

General Requirements

Kabuli chana shall –

 

(a)  be the dried  grains of gram (Cicer arietinum Linn.);

(b)   be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)  be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus

(f)    communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly recognized as

(g)   harmful to health;

(h) Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(i)   Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally occurring toxic

(j)   substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration

(k)  Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF CHANA WHOLE (BENGAL GRAM)

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

 

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

0.5

0.5

3.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

2.0

2.0

6.0

General

16.0

0.75

0.25

4.0

5.0

10.0

Note:- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight..

          

General Requirements

Chana whole (Bengal gram) shall –

 

(a)  be the dried  and mature  grains of gram (Cicer arietinum Linn.);

(b)  be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)  be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus

(f)    communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly recognized as

(g)   harmful to health;

(h) Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(i)   Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally occurring toxic

(j)    substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration

(k)    Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

(l)    

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF CHANA SPLIT (HUSKED)/DAL CHANA

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Broken   grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

0.5

0.5

0.5

1.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

1.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

General

16.0

0.75

0.25

2.0

5.0

5.0

3.0

 

Note.- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight..

 

General Requirements

 

Chana split (husked) /Dal chana shall –

(a)  consist of husked and split  grains of gram (Cicer arietinum Linn.);

(b)  be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)  be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus

(f)    communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly recognized as

(g)   harmful to health;

(h) Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed, 100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(i)   Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally occurring toxic

(j)    substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration

(k)   Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

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AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF MATKI/MOTH (WHOLE)

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

----------------------

 

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

1.0

1.0

3.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

3.0

3.0

5.0

General

14.0

0.75

0.25

6.0

5.0

10.0

Note: In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight.

          

General Requirements

Matki/Moth (whole) shall –

 

(a)  be the dried mature seeds of Pulse (Phaseolus  aconitifolius);

(b)  be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)   be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.)Castor bean

(f)   (Ricinus communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly

(g)  recognized as harmful to health;

(h) Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(i)   Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally occurring toxic

(j)   substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food

(k)  Adulteration Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

 

AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF MATKI/MOTH SPLIT (HUSKED)

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

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Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Broken grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

1.0

0.5

2.0

3.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

3.0

1.0

3.0

5.0

General

14.0

0.75

0.25

6.0

3.0

5.0

10.0

Note.- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per  cent by weight.

         

General Requirements

 

Matki/Moth split (husked) shall –

(a)  Consist of husked and split seeds of Pulse (Phaseolus aconitifolius.);

(b)  be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)   be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean

(f)   (Ricinus communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly

(g)  recognized as harmful to health;

(h) Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(i)   Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally occurring toxic

(j)    substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food

(k)   Adulteration Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

 

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

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AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF PEAS (WHOLE)

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)

 

Moisture

Foreign matter

----------------------

 

Other edible grains

Damaged

Grains

Weevilled grains per cent by count

 

 

Organic

Inorganic

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Special

10.0

0.10

Nil

0.5

0.5

3.0

Standard

12.0

0.50

0.10

2.0

2.0

6.0

General

16.0

0.75

0.25

4.0

5.0

10.0

Note.- In  foreign matter, the impurities of animal origin shall not be more than 0.10 per cent by weight..

       

General Requirements

 

Peas (whole) shall –

(a)  be the dried and mature seeds of  Pisum arvense;

(b)  be sweet, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable conditions;

(c)  be free from living and dead insects, fungus infestation, added colouring matter, moulds, obnoxious smell, discolouration;

(d)  be free from rodent hair and excreta;

(e)  be free from toxic or noxious seeds viz. Crotolaria (Crotolaria spp.), Corn cockle (Agrostemma githago L.), Castor bean (Ricinus

(f)   communis L.), Jimson weed (Dhatura spp.), Argemone mexicana, Khesari and other seeds that are commonly recognized as

(g)   harmful to health;

(h) Uric acid and Aflatoxin shall not exceed  100 milligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

(i)   Comply with the restrictions in regard to poisonous metals (rule-57), crop contaminants (rule 57-A), naturally occurring toxic

(j)   substances (rule 57-B), use of insecticides (rule-65)  and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration

(k)  Rules, 1955, as amended from time to time.

  

Source: Directorate of Marketing and inspection, New Delhi

 

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AGMARK STANDARDS: GRADE DESIGNATION AND DEFINITION OF QUALITY OF RAJMA

Maximum limits of tolerance (per cent by weight)