APEDA sets up 186 testing labs for agri product exports
20 January 2020
The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has added 135 laboratories to existing 51 recognised laboratories for testing of agricultural products meant for exports.
With this the number of APEDA-recognised laboratories in the country has gone up to 186. APEDA has added more laboratories in states with export potential like Maharashtra (35), Gujarat (23), Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (10), Tamil Nadu (23) and Karnataka (17).
Laboratory testing requirements are crucial in agri-produce export supply chain.
For increasing the laboratory network further, APEDA has taken a policy decision for simplification of APEDA recognition of laboratories. It has been decided that the laboratories which are NABL accredited will be recognised by APEDA and these will be added in the network of APEDA-recognised laboratories. This will enable APEDA to continuously expand its recognition network of laboratories across the country and will enable the exporters to have an easy access to the laboratories for testing of APEDA scheduled products for exports.