The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on 17th November 2022, has notified the Dried Figs Grading and Marking Rules, 2022 and has invited comments/suggestions from the public which shall be addressed to the Agricultural Marketing Adviser to the Government of India, Directorate of Marketing and Inspection, Head Office, CGO Complex, NH – IV, Faridabad (Haryana) 121001 within 45 days.
This rule shall be applicable to whole dried figs obtained from ripe fruits of varieties (cultivars) of Ficus carica L. intended for direct human consumption. The Grade Designation Mark shall consist of the design of “AGMARK Insignia” as set out in Schedule-I, incorporating the certificate of authorisation number, the word “AGMARK”, the name of commodity and its grade.
Dried Figs shall be packed in suitable packaging material in accordance with the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018, the Food Safety and Standards (Labeling and Display) Regulations, 2020 and Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Amendment Rules, 2022.
The graded material of small pack sizes of the same lot or batch and grade may be packed in a master container with complete details thereon along with the Grade Designation Mark. Each package shall contain Dried Figs of the same type and of the same grade designation.