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Agmark Certification & Registration in India

AGMARK is a certification mark for agricultural produce, i.e. a combination of two words which are AG and MARK, where AG stands for Agriculture and Mark means certifications, which means that they comply with a particular grade standard. This grade is notified by the DMI (Directorate of Marketing & Inspection), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare under Agricultural Produce (Grading Marking) Act, 1937. Its standard covers agricultural produce or horticulture products, including food or drink wholly or partly manufactured from any such products, fleeces, and animals' skins.

While framing the standards, ISO & other research Institutes are also consulted besides The FSSAI Act, 2006, Codex Alimentarius Commission, Trade Associations, etc.,
These standards differentiate between quality, and 2-3 grades are prescribed for each commodity. To date, grade standards for 222 agricultural commodities have been notified.

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It usually takes 20 to 30 working days, depending upon government approval.

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  • Agmark License

Who Should Buy

  • Businesses looking to get Agmark License.
How It's Done

Preparation of Documents and filing with department

Documents Required

๐Ÿ‘‰ Demand draft of Rs.1000
Map of the factory or the office
List of machinery
Trademark registration certificate

๐Ÿ‘‰ Incorporation Documents such as COI, AOA, MOA in case of Private Limited Company; COI & LLP Deed in case of a LLP Firm; Partnership Deed & PAN Card in case of a Partnership Firm; PAN Card and GST Registration Certificate in case of a Proprietorship firm.

Requirement for AGMARK Application:

๐Ÿ‘‰ A Duly authenticated test report from Agmark recognized Lab.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Name of the Applicant.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Name of the Firm or the Company

๐Ÿ‘‰ Address of the Firm or the Company

๐Ÿ‘‰ Total gross production in K.g. for last year.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Turnover of last year of the company

๐Ÿ‘‰ Product sample should also be submitted in small sachets.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Products Name for which the company wants Agmark standardization.

Documents Required for AGMARK Application:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Demand draft of Rs.1000
๐Ÿ‘‰ Map of the factory or the office
๐Ÿ‘‰ List of machinery
๐Ÿ‘‰ Trademark registration certificate

๐Ÿ‘‰ Incorporation Documents such as COI, AOA, MOA in cae of Private Limited Company; COI & LLP Deed in case of a LLP Firm; Partnership Deed & PAN Card in case of a Partnership Firm; PAN Card and GST Registration Certificate in case of a Proprietorship firm.

โ€ŠSl. No.
โ€ŠName of the Groupโ€ŠNo. of Commodities Notified
โ€Š1โ€ŠFood grain and allied productsโ€Š30
โ€Š2โ€ŠFruits and Vegetablesโ€Š52
โ€Š3โ€ŠSpices and condimentsโ€Š27
โ€Š4โ€ŠEdible Nutsโ€Š8
โ€Š5โ€ŠOil Seedsโ€Š17
โ€Š6โ€ŠVegetable Oils and Fatsโ€Š19
โ€Š7โ€ŠOil cakesโ€Š8
โ€Š8โ€ŠEssential oilsโ€Š9
โ€Š9โ€ŠFibre cropsโ€Š7
โ€Š10โ€ŠLivestock, Dairy and poultry productsโ€Š11
โ€Š11โ€ŠOther productsโ€Š33

The group wise breakup of commodities is represented in the table above.

Registration Process

  Step 1

The person/company may access the https:/dmi.gov.in website or visit the Marketing and Inspection Directorate (DMI)'s nearest office to obtain the correct application form. Formโ€“ A describes the domestic business requirement for the issuance of a Certificate of Authorisation for the Grading and Marking of Goods

  Step 3

To qualify for the certification and grading of a particular product under Agmark:-

๐Ÿ‘‰ Applicants must have the required infrastructure for the processing of said products.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Applicant must have access to an authorized grading laboratory.


Only on fulfilling these conditions Applicant can apply for a Certificate of Authorization to the DMI office, which will be granted after the verification procedure. Verification takes 30-40 days to get done.

   Step 2

The application form, Documents & application fee shall also be annexed and enclosed along. The nature of the commodity for which the application is being submitted has to be mentioned. The registration fee is to be submitted as a demand draft. It will vary, to name a few, based on several independent variable factors as stated in the forms and their annexes, including grading fees, processing fees, etc.

  Step 4

An authorized chemist will analyze the raw material and the finished product before packing the product in containers.

  Step 5

The DMI 's field officers would perform tests on a daily basis on the graded and approved items by comparing samples from the packer's premises with those on the market.

  Step 6

The renewal of the Authorization Certificate may be done in Form A-4 for Rs. 5,000/-

What are the advantages of AGMARK registration?

Certain benefits of Agmark registration are mentioned below-

๐Ÿ‘‰ The Agmark registration adds legal significance and benefits to an agricultural produce.
๐Ÿ‘‰ If a product has the Agmark registration, it gives the consumer the assurance about the organic integrity and quality of the product.
๐Ÿ‘‰ These standards bear conformity to the requirements of the WTO (World Trade Organisation). Therefore, the Agmark certification helps a product to compete in the international markets as well.\
๐Ÿ‘‰ The Government grants subsidies to agricultural produce that has completed the Agmark registration process. Thus, it brings benefits to the farmers.

What is the AGMARK registration procedure?

   Online Procedure:
๐Ÿ‘‰ For Agmark registration online, you can visit the DMI website and register as a new user at https://agmarkonline.dmi.gov.in/DMI/customers/register_customer

๐Ÿ‘‰ While signing in , you need to provide your email ID, Aadhaar number, address, mobile number, and a photo ID. The system will generate a primary and a secondary user ID and password for you.

๐Ÿ‘‰ After registering as a user, you should click on the โ€˜Certificate of Authorisationโ€™ tab to apply for Agmark certification for manufacturing/packing premises.

๐Ÿ‘‰ If you want to apply for the permission to print the previously certified Agmark grading copy, you should click on the โ€˜Certificate of printing permissionโ€™ tab.

๐Ÿ‘‰ If you want to apply for the laboratory approval to grade the products under Agmark for domestic trade, you should click on the โ€˜Certificate of approval of laboratoryโ€™ tab

๐Ÿ‘‰ Next, you should use your secondary user ID and password and log in to the system

๐Ÿ‘‰ Access the online application form (Form A) and fill in the details regarding your proposed unit. Click โ€˜nextโ€™ to proceed.

๐Ÿ‘‰ On the resultant page, you will be asked to furnish the necessary documents in PDF format. To know about the documentation criteria of the Agmark registration procedure, please refer to the section above.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Next, you will be directed to submit the necessary Agmark registration fees. The Agmark registration fees will vary according to the commodity for which the application is filed.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Click โ€˜submitโ€™
๐Ÿ‘‰ After you submit the registration form along with the documents and necessary Agmark registration fees, the authorities will verify your credentials.

๐Ÿ‘‰ On being satisfied, they will approve your commodity for issuing the Agmark grade.
   Offline Procedure:
๐Ÿ‘‰ For Agmark registration offline, you can visit the nearest office of the Director of marketing and Inspection (DMI) to obtain the Form A. In this form, you will need to apply for the granting of an Agmark registration certificate and authorization for grading and marking of commodities in the domestic market.

๐Ÿ‘‰ While submitting the Agmark registration application form, you need to furnish the necessary documents. To know about the documentation criteria of the Agmark registration procedure, please refer to the section above.

๐Ÿ‘‰ While submitting the Agmark registration, you also need to submit the necessary Agmark registration fees. The Agmark registration fees will vary according to the commodity for which the application is filed. The total Agmark registration fees will also depend on other independent variables such as processing fees, grading charges, etc.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Before certifying and grading a commodity notified under Agmark, an applicant must fulfill the following conditions-

๐Ÿ‘‰ They must possess the infrastructure necessary to process the commodity.

๐Ÿ‘‰ They must have their own laboratory or must have access to an approved laboratory for grading. If they have access to an approved laboratory, they need to furnish the consent letter from it in Form A-3.

๐Ÿ‘‰ On meeting these eligibility criteria, they should apply to the DMI for issuing the Certificate of Authorization.

๐Ÿ‘‰ The authority, after successful completion of the verification process, will grant the certificate. The entire process takes about 30 to 40 days to complete.

๐Ÿ‘‰ As per the Agmark registration criteria, a proper testing of both the raw materials and the processed product will need to be carried out by an approved chemist.

๐Ÿ‘‰ After the grading and certification, the field officers from DMI would also conduct periodic quality checks. For this, they would compare samples provided by the packer with those available in the market.

๐Ÿ‘‰ The samples would be analysed in Regional Agmark Laboratories. If the graded commodity is not found to be in conformity to the prescribed standards, action as deemed fit would be taken against the packer.

F.A.Q.

Hereby, we have tried to answer all your queries. If you have any other queries in mind, do write in the comment box and we will try to answer as soon as we can:

Who can apply for Agmark registration?

Any individual or group of persons looking to start a business of grading and marketing of agricultural products can apply for the Agmark registration.

Where is the quality testing for Agmark conducted?

The quality testing for Agmark is conducted in the Central Agmark Laboratory as well as in different state owned laboratories across the country. Such tests include microbiological analysis, chemical analysis, aflatoxin analysis and testing for pesticide residue. These state-owned laboratories act both as the testing and certifying centres. The Central Agmark Laboratory is situated at Nagpur. Also, there are Regional Agmark Laboratories situated in 11 cities - New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Kochi, Kanpur, Amritsar, Guntur, Bhopal, Jaipur and Rajkot.

What is the Agmark certification important?

Agriculture plays a vital role in India. It is also one of the largest exported of agricultural produce and agri-based products in the world. The Agmark certification becomes an absolute necessity in this regard. It provided the much-needed assurance to the public regarding the quality and authenticity of the products they are using. This certification ensures that the agricultural products conform to the set of standards approved by the Directorate of Marketing and Inspection (DMI), a Government of India agency. These standards also bear conformity to the requirements of the WTO (World Trade Organisation). Therefore, the Agmark certification helps a product to compete in the international markets as well.

What can I do if I am not satisfied with the quality of an item with Agmark registration?

If you are not satisfied with the quality of any product with Agmark certification, you can lodge a complaint with the Agricultural Marketing Adviser. With your complaint, you need to furnish the following โ€“


1. Agmark label or the Replica Serial Number

2. Lot number

3. Packing date

4. Best before date

5. Brand name

6. Name and address of authorised seller

7. Name and address of authorised packer


The authority will check the genuineness of your complaint. On being satisfied, they will initial action against the packer, as deemed fit. The packer will also be directed to replace the item to you free of cost.

Is it compulsory for all the producers to use this mark on their products?

No, it is not compulsory for all the producers to use this mark on their products. It is used only on those products which affect the health and safety of the consumers.