Food, being one of the basic things needs to have its reach to common man and also not to have any compromise on quality. National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. (NAFED) was setup in 1958 with the objective of benefiting the farmers (the main stake holders) by promoting their agricultural produce at various levels. Ensuring food availability and stabilizing food prices through large scale interventions in the food grain sector has been an old tradition in India.
Quality Council of India provides NAFED a mechanism for Third Party Quality Assessment which includes drawing and analysis of pulses and oil seeds during procurement at its various storage locations in the state of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Third Party Quality Assessment by Quality Council of India (QCI) provides NAFED with an independent, credible, and reliable result on the quality of the pulses and oil seeds procured. The drawing of pulses and oil seeds samples is carried out while off-loading at various storage locations like depots of Central Warehousing Corporations/State Warehousing Corporations (CWCs/SWCs)/ Private warehouse of Rajasthan and Gujarat through personnel of NABCB accredited inspection bodies deployed by QCI. The testing of these samples are done on-site as per IS 14818: 2000 methodology.
QCI has worked on a customized dashboard and mobile application which includes features such as scanning of QR Code, capturing photographs and videos with geo-tag and time-stamp. QCI then delivers report of the analysis to NAFED allowing entry of stocks in the warehouses depending on the test results.
Quality council of India is dispensing a multi-level checking system before unloading the pulses and oil seeds at warehouses of Rajasthan and Gujarat for Quality assessment.
The QCI project helps in saving Rs. 41 crores for NAFED in the Kharif season 2018. The sampling process inculcated by QCI is unique, as for the first time, an Online Monitoring System for sampling and analysis process has been developed for NAFED with multi-level quality checks which has provided NAFED with an independent, credible, and reliable quality check system, monitoring each bag of the truck. This has eliminated the risk of acceptance of bad quality food grain which has forced the farmers and mandi people to strictly assure good quality of food grains which will get rejected otherwise.