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Agriculture body makes residue certificates mandatory for grape growers
Mar 14, 2018

In view of complaints from grape growers, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) has made it mandatory for exporters to give ‘residue certificates’ to farmers from whom they are buying the produce. Apeda has issued a notification stating the same on Thursday, March 1. Residue certificate is a document that establishes the quality of grapes.
While the Indian grape export season began in November last year, vineyards are still awaiting residue certificates from exporters.Vineyard owners allege that they are incurring huge losses in the absence of residue certificates, an essential document for them to establish the quality of their produce and hence the price, which ultimately helps them with exports to the international market.
The residue certificates are obtained by the exporters who send the produce to laboratories to determine the quality of the product and the presence of chemicals. Only the produce that clears the test - chemicals below the maximum residue level (MRL) - can be exported. Each country has a different acceptable MRL.

The Hindu Business Line