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1. Which types of Certifications are required for agricultural export?

Following certificates are normally required for agriculture export.

  • IEC (Import Export Code)
  • APEDA RCMC (Registration Cum Membership Certificate)
  • Registration with NPPO (National Plant Protection Organization)
  • Chemical Residue Certificate
  • Traceability Certificate
  • FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) (For Processed Product).
  • GLOBALGAP Certificate (As Per Requirement of Importer).

However, it may vary as per Govt. rules and regulations and as per requirement of importer and importing country.

2. What are the Schemes of MSAMB for agriculture export?

Schemes of MSAMB for agriculture export:-

  • Subsidy scheme for export of agriculture commodities by sea route for specified agriculture product and country.
  • Financial assistance scheme for registration, publicity and value chain development of products having geographical indication.
  • Guidance for availing IEC and APEDA RCMC.

Other major schemes of Govt. of India for agri. export:

  • Transport and marketing assistance for specified agriculture product scheme (TMA)
  • Trade infrastructure for export scheme.(TIES)
  • Market access initiative scheme.(MAI)
  • Merchandise export from India scheme.(MEIS)

3. How to get information of MSAMB Facility centers required for agriculture export?

The information about MSAMB’s facility centers can be availed on https://www.msamb.com/Export/Facilities.

4. Whether MSAMB provide training for agriculture export?

MSAMB organizes Horticulture Export Training Course monthly. (Duration - 5 days, last week of every month.)

5. Where to find information of other country importers regarding agriculture export?

  • APEDA website (www.apeda.gov.in)
  • Different countrys embassys offices website
  • Different chambers of commerce
  • Websites in reference to export display show

(Before finalization of the export orders, the exporters need to verify the credibility of the importer. MSAMB will not be responsible for any of the issue raised during export transaction.)

6. Which are the documents required for Import Export code?

MSAMB,Pune provides help in getting the Import-Export code(IEC),APEDA registration to individual or co-operative society. For the same the concern society must provide all relevant documents.Individual or co-operative society can get the IE code and for the same there is need of PAN number given by Income Tax Department.

The documents required are as under-

Sr.No. Individual Co-operative Society
1 The application of JT. DIRECTOR GENERAL OF FOREIGN TRADE for Import-Export code. The application of JT.DIRECTOR of FOREIGN TRADE for Import-Export code on the letterhead of the society.
2 Photocopy of PAN number Photocopy of society registration certificates, PAN number
3 Certificate of bankon its letterhaed in prescribed format Certificate of bankon its letterhaed in prescribed format
4 Two passport size photographs. Two passport size photographs of the Chairman of the society
5 The cheque of Rs.1000/- in favour of "JT.DIRECTOR GENERAL OF FOREIGN TRADE" (Non-refundable) The cheque of Rs.1000/- in favour of "JT. DIRECTOR GENERAL OF FOREIGN TRADE"(Non-refundable)
6 The cheque of Rs.1000/- in favour of "JT. DIRECTOR GENERAL OF FOREIGN TRADE"(Non-refundable) Self addressed envelope of size 8.5" X 11" with affixed stamps of Rs.36/- and name of Director/Partner,Date of birth,Father's full name etc. on the letterhead of the society.

All the above documents must be self certified.
JT. DIRECTOR OF GENERAL OF FOREIGN TRADE, may ask for original documents for verification.

Service Charge:-

MSAMB,Pune will charge Rs.500/- for providing help in getting IE code.

7.What are the quality standards required for export of Alphonso Mango?

For export of Alphonso Mangoes fruit weight,fruit size,packing are important things to be considered.As per the requirement demanded by various countries,exporter has to fulfill the demands required by the importer.Countriwise quality standards are as follows-

- - - Middle East Countries Germany UK
Variety Alphonso Mango wt.of fruit 200-250 gms. 250-300 gms 250-300 gms.
Packing     1doz/2.5kg 1 doz/2.5kg 1 doz/2.5kg
Storage Temp     13°C 13°C 13°C
Mode of Export     By Sea By Air By Air

8.Which are the export promotional bodies/boards working in India?

In India, Agricultural and processed foods export department Authority (APEDA), New Delhi is the apex body working on export promotion from India under Ministry of Commerce are the various organisations helps to export business from the country.

So far as the commodity export is concerned Cashew export council,Tea Board, Coffee Board,Rubber board are the authorities for concern commodity export, providing all necessary help and guidence.

9.Which countries are having great demand for the flowers grown in poluhouses? & which are the quality standards for these flowers?

The Holland, Germany,Singapore & America (USA) has great demand for importing Carnation, Gerbera, Roses,Orchid,Anthurium etc.

The quality standards for export of Carnation and Gerbera flowers is as follows-


  • The length of the stem should be more than 65 cm.
  • The stem of the flower should be straight.
  • Flowers should be harvested at early in the morning when the temperature is low.
  • Length of the bud should be 2 to 3 cms.
  • Flowers should be packed in 100 X 40 X 20 cms. corrugated fiber boxes.
  • Each bunch is having 20 stems & be wrapped in a wrapping paper to avoid injuries.
  • Boxes are to be labelled with Importer's/Expoerter's full name with address, phone no., fax no. and details of packing.


For export of Gerbera, following points should be considered.

  • 1) The diameter of the flower should be 12-14 cm.
  • 2) The stem of the flower should be straight with minimum length 55 to 60 cms.
  • 3) Each flower disc is covered with polythene bag so as to avoid mechanical injury during transport.
  • 4) The bunch should be prepared by packing 10 to 20 flowers in a single bunch and flowers are packed attractivelyby using transperent plastic paper.
  • 5) Flowers should be packed in 100 X 40 X 20 cm CFB boxes.

10.What are the documents required for Export of Agricultural commodity /produce?

For export of Agricultural produce documents related to -

  • 1. Goods
  • Shipment
  • Payment
  • Quality of goods
  • Foreign exchange regulation.


1) Documents related to goods:-

a) Invoice- Sellers bill for trade & contains particulars about goods (prepared by exporter)
b) Packing List - Consolidated statement of contents of number of packs (prepared by exporter)
c) Certificate of origin- Specifies the country of [roduction of goods(obtained by Chamber of Commerce)

2) Documents related to shipment :-

a) Mate Receipt:- Mate receipt is a receipt issued by the commanding office of the ship when the cargo is loaded.
b) Shipping Bill :- Shipping bill is a main documention the basis of which the customers permission for export is given.[Prepared by Exporter/CHA & cerified by custom Authority]
c) Bill of handing:- Bill of handing is a document wherein the shipping company gives its official receipts of the goods shipped in its vessel and contracts to carry them to part of destination.
d) Airway Bill:- (Air Consignment Note) is a receipt issued by an airline for the carriage of goods.

3) Documents related to Payment:-

a) Letter of Credit (L/C):- Issued by an importers bank in favour of exporter giving him the authority to draw bills to assure the payment against delivary of goods.
b) Bill of Exchange:- Bill of exchange is an instrument. Containing an unconditional order directing a certain person to pay a certain sum of money to the bearer of the instrument.

4)Documents related to quality of goods:-

a) Phytosanitory Certificate :- Issued by plant protection authorities certifies that material is free fromquarantine pests & other injurious pests.It is specific to country of importer.

B) HACCP Certification:- (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point)
- European Quality Sandard.
- Hygienic Codes of Practices.
- Certification for Agro Sector, food,drinks and allied industry.

Certifying Agency:-
- American Quality Assessors (I) Pvt. Ltd., Hydrabad
- Quality Services & Solutions (QSS) Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai

c)Eurogap Certification:-
[European Retail Parties Good Agricultural Preactices]
- European Quality Standards
- It incorporates Integrated pest management and Integrated crop management

d)Health Certificate:-
-Certificate issued by food Laboratory showing that that food is fit for human consumption.

Certifying Agency:-
1) State Health Laboratory,Yerwada,Pune
2) Muncipal Laboratory,Dadar, Mumbai

e)Organic Certification:-
- Certificate indicating material produce is based on organic farming.

Certifying Agency:-
1) Ecocert International
2) Skal International,Bangalore
3) SGS India Pvt.Ltd,Gurgaon

5)Documents related to Foreign Exchange Regulations:-

GR Form: Documents required by RBI which assures to RBI that the exporter will realise the proceeds of goods within 180 days from the date of Shipment.

6) Other Document :
Bank Realisation Certification(BRC):- This is the advice given by Foreign Exchange Bank after the realisation of money from importer against the goods delivered to him.

1. Is Project reports prepared for Co-operative Societies only?

No. Project Reports are prepared for not only for Co-operative Societies, but also for others like Individual entrepreneurs, Agricultural Produce Market Committees, Private Firms etc.

2.Is the consultancy is restricted to project report preparation? if not, what are other services or guidance provided?

No, consultancy is not restricted to the project report preparation. The consultancy Division provides following types of services:- Preparation of Detail Project Reports, Loan proposals in the prescribed format according to funding agency, Project Implementation etc.

3. What are the consultancy charges for the consultancy services ?

Sr.No Description Revised Consultancy Fees1
1 Project cost upto Rs.5 Crores -Upto 2 Crores -0.4 % + S.T.
- Rs.2 Crores to 5 Crores Rs.1.00 Lac + S.T.(Service Tax)
2 Project cost Rs.5 Crores - 10 Crores - Rs.5 Crores to 10 Crores Rs.1.5 Lac + S.T.
3 Project cost more than 10 Crores -Rs.10 Cr. -15 Crores Rs.2.00 Lac + S.T.
-Rs.15 Cr. -25 Crores Rs.2.50 Lac + S.T.
- More than 25 Crores Rs.30.00 Lac + S.T.
4 To prepare the DPR under VISHEH GHATAK YOJANA Schedule caste and schedule tribes societies - Concession in above fees upto 50% + S.T. w.r.t. above

4. What are the sources of Subsidy Schemes from Central Govt. or State Govt. for Project Installation? If yes, What information MSAMB will provide regarding Subsidy Scheme?

Yes, Available information about existing subsidy schemes of Central & State Government will be provided by MSAMB. Financial proposals are prepared by MSAMB with its scheduled fee.

5. What is role of MSAMB for financial help from Financial Institutions?

Financial assistance proposals in the prescribed format as per likely funding agency are prepared.

Interstate Agricultural Trade Road Transport Subsidy Scheme -

1.Is this scheme applicable for transportation of agricultural commodities with in the state?

No, this scheme is applicable only for transportation made by road transport from Maharashtra to other states.

2.Who can avail benefits under this scheme?

Registered Agricultural Producers Companies and Agricultural Producers Co-operative Societies in the State are eligible for subsidy under this scheme.

3.Under the scheme, can other farmers send their produce other than member farmers?

No, only the agricultural produce produced by the members of the registered farmers' producer companies, agricultural produce co-operative societies are eligible to send to other state.

4.Is it necessary to take pre-approval every time for sending agricultural produce to other states under the scheme?

Yes, the applicant needs to take approval every consignment before starting work under the scheme.

5.Which crops are covered under the scheme?

The scheme is applicable for perishable crops like mango, banana, pomegranate, grape, orange, citrus, onion, tomato, ginger and vegetables.

6.Is it possible to send other perishable crops other than crops mentioned in the scheme?

Yes, an organization / company can send other perishable crops for this they needs to mention specifically and take the approval of the Marketing Board stating so clearly.

7.What is the minimum transport distance under this scheme?

Minimum transport distance is 350 Km

8. How often is the subsidy payable to a beneficiary under the scheme?

Under this scheme, a beneficiary agricultural producer co-operative society / producer company is entitled to a maximum transport subsidy of Rs.3 lakhs in one financial year. This subsidy is applicable only for one-way transport in from Maharashtra to other states.

9.Can the amount of transport fare be paid cash to the transporter agency?

No, it is mandatory to pay the transport fare payable to the transporter by check / RTGS / online banking.

10.How to claim the Subsidy amount under the scheme?

The concerned farmer producer company / co-operative society are required to submit subsidy proposal to the Divisional Office within 30 days of sale of farm produce with required documents.

11.How many farmers can send farm produce under the scheme?

It is necessary have at least 3 producer farmer members in 1 consignment.

12.Where do I have to apply for pre-approval?

For pre-approval application is required to be submitted to the concerned Divisional Office of Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board.

13.Can processed agricultural produce be sent under this scheme? Can pulses and grains also be sent?

No, processed agricultural produce cannot be sent and only perishable agricultural produce be sent. Pulses & grains cannot be sent.

14.Where do I get detailed information of this scheme?

The detailed information is available on MSAMB’s www.msamb.com website.

15.How much subsidy is given under Marketing Board's 'Fruit and Grain Festival' scheme? And who can organize these festivals?

Under this scheme a subsidy of Rs.2000 per stall is given. Accordingly, a grant of Rs.1.00 lakh is given for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 50 stalls in a financial year. The festivals can be organized by the State Agricultural Produce Market Committees, Agriculture and Marketing Co-operative Societies, Government Departments, Agricultural Producers Companies and Public Charitable Trusts and Organizations registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. However, prior approval of the Agricultural Marketing Board is required.

16. Is there any opportunity for domestic trade? And what is the difference between domestic trade and export trade?

Domestic trade has gained much importance recently. India is the second largest market in the world after China due to increasing demand and awareness among consumers about the variety, quality and nature of demand. This opens up a lot of opportunities.
The trade that runs from the village level to the states is called domestic trade. Export trade is the export of agricultural commodities from our country to other countries. However, when exporting abroad, one has to issue IEC (Import-Export Code), appoint a CHA (Custom House Clearing Agent) for exporting agricultural commodities, register with APEDA, and also follow different country-wise regulations. For example, if you want to send mangoes to America, you need to give irradiation treatment, give HWT (Hot water treatment) to get to European countries, get Phytosanitary Certificate, etc. Domestic trade does not require all these formalities.

17. How much subsidy is given under Marketing Board's 'Inter State Agricultural Trade Road Transport Subsidy' scheme? And who can avail this scheme?

Agricultural Producers Co-operative Societies and Farmer Producers Companies in the State can avail the benefits of this scheme. Members can avail subsidy of Rs.20,000 to Rs.75,000 depending on the distance and 50% of the transport cost for sending perishable agricultural produce to other states.

18. Can the processed farm produce as well as pulses and grains be sent under the Marketing Board's 'Inter-State Agricultural Trade Road Transport Subsidy' scheme?

No, the processed agricultural produce as well as pulses and grains cannot be sent under this scheme. However, transport subsidies are provided for perishable agricultural commodities.

19. Who can participate in the Fruit and Grain Festival?

Fruit and grain growers need to be growers themselves to participate in the festival. Farmers, farmer groups, farmer production companies, co-operative societies can participate in the festival.

20.What are the important markets in the country? And will there be trader’s contacts?

Vashi (Navi Mumbai), Pune and Nagpur are the major markets for agricultural commodities in Maharashtra. Azadpur Mandi in Delhi, Coimbedu in Chennai, Coimbatore, and Yesvantpur in Bangalore, Mosta and Mechua Market in Kolkata, Fancy Market in Assam, Jaipur in Rajasthan, Ajmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Alwar, Kota, and Udaipur are some of the important markets in the country. Information on some traders of these important markets is available on the Marketing Board's website at www.msamb.com.

1. Which Courses are available at National Institute of Post Harvest Technology?

Sr.No Name of Training Program Duration
A Training in Horticulture Production technology  
1 General Greenhouse Management 5 days
2 Shade net House Management 5 days
3 Plant Propagation and Nursery Management 3 days
4 Flower Crop Specific Training Program – Roses, Gerbera, Carnation 5 days
5 Vegetable Crop Specific Training Program – Capsicum, Cherry Tomato, Cucumber 5 days
6 Plant Tissue Culture 5 days
B Ornamental/landscape related Training  
1 Landscape Management 5 days
C Post Harvest Training  
1 Post Harvest Management of Vegetable Crops 3 days
2 Post Harvest Management of Fruit Crops 3 days
D Training related to Marketing  
1 Marketing of Horticultural Produce 3 days
E Training related to Supply Management  
1 Supply Chain Management 3 days
F Training Related to Processing  
1 Fruit Processing 5 days
2 Ginger Cultivation & Processing 5 days
3 Turmeric Cultivation & Processing 5 days
4 Pomegranate Cultivation & Processing 5 days
G Other Training programmer  
1 Horticulture Export Training Course 5 days
2 Bamboo Cultivation and Management 3 days
3 Honeybee Keeping 3 days

2. What is the duration of the training courses?

Duration of training courses is 3 to 5 days and is conducted throughout the year.

3. What is the fees of training courses?

  • Fees for each training course for 5 days is Rs.8260/-(inclusive of GST) and 3 days is Rs. 5310/-(Inclusive of GST) per candidate. Plant Tissue culture & Landscaping it is Rs.8850/- (inclusive of GST) per candidate. The fees for Horticulture Export Training Course is Rs. 12980/-(inclusive of GST) per Candidate for Maharashtra and Rs.18880/- (Inclusive of GST) for Other State.
  • The mode of payment should be Demand Draft or Cash or RTGS only. One passport size photograph /Identity Proof is must at the time of payment of fees.

4.Whether any new courses will be started at HTC?

Yes, Following new courses will be started at HTC -

  • Agro Processing and Value Chain
  • Biofuel
  • Agro Tourism
  • Self-Employment in Agriculture
  • Soil less cultivation Techniques (Aeroponic, Hydroponic & Cocopeat)
  • FPO Management
  • Nutritional Terrace Gardening

5. Is there any educational qualification required for the training?

No. Agriculture Background is only factor required for the training. Farmers, Businessman, Extension Staff, FPO’s/SHG’s, Greenhouse Managers, Technicians of Horticulture Enterprises, Students, Financial Organisations, Skilled workers can participate in the training course.