The Central Grain Analysis Laboratory (CGAL) located in Krishi Bhawan at New Delhi assists the Department in monitoring the quality of food grains at the time of procurement, storage and distribution, so as to protect the interest of the farmers as also
the consumers, besides rendering technical opinion on quality aspects in respect of food grains that are imported and/or exported by the country.
The main functions of CGAL is to lay down quality standards for procurement of Kharif and Rabi food grains being procured for Central Pool stock keeping in view the interest of producers, consumers and the provisions under the Food Safety and Standards Act.
Classification of rice/paddy varieties for fixation of procurement and issue prices. Assessment of the quality of food grains that are imported or exported in relation to the contractual specifications. This lab has also been designated as referral lab in
case of disputes in acceptance of custom milled rice consignments between FCI and State agencies/rice millers. Assessment of the quality of food grains that are procured, stored and distributed by Food Corporation of India. A proposal to designate CGAL for
analysis of food grain sample under SAARC Food Bank of the member countries is under consideration.
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