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Gujarat starts groundnut labelling

Gujarat starts groundnut labelling
PTI
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First Published: Wed, May 20 2009. 04 58 PM IST
Updated: Wed, May 20 2009. 04 58 PM IST
Ahmedabad: Prior to the visit of a European Union team for inspection of groundnut units in Gujarat, the state government has launched labelling process of the commodity to enhance traceability of export consignments.
“We have started the labelling process of groundnut produce at APMC Gondal and Amreli in collaboration with Apeda (Agriculture and Processed Food Product Development Authority) and the state government,” said Gujarat Agro Industry Corp., (GAIC) managing director D. Thara.
The move will help the agriculture produce market co-operatives (APMC’s) to step up the value supply chain and screen lower quality consignments upfront, Thara said.
“We are also holding parleys with the godown owners, and oil producing mills here to put the system of labelling of bags in place for tracking consignments meant for local distribution also,” she added.
After rejecting 50-odd Indian groundnut consignments, a EU team is planning to visit India in September to confirm whether domestic traders are complying with the EU standards while exporting groundnut.
“Off late the rejection of consignments of hand picked seeds (HPS) of groundnut exported to European Union from Gujarat due to presence of aflatoxin, a type of fungus, has been an issue of concern,” a senior GAIC official said.
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First Published: Wed, May 20 2009. 04 58 PM IST