A one day training program on “Pre- and Post-harvest sampling of fruits and vegetables for pesticide residue analysis” was organized at ICAR-National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune on 4th January, 2020. The program was organized as per the requirement of National Accreditation Body for testing and calibration of Laboratories (NABL) and Residue Monitoring Plan (RMP) of APEDA for control of pesticide residues in various fruits and vegetables. 50 participants representing different commercial food testing laboratories across the country attended the program.
The inaugural program started with ICAR song followed by welcome address by Dr. Ahammed Shabeer TP, Scientist, NRCG. The program was chaired by Dr. R.G Somkuwar, Director, ICAR-NRCG. In Chairman’s remark, Dr. RG Somkuwar, emphasized the importance of sampling in residue analysis, especially with respect to export testing. He also briefed about the precautions to be taken during sampling. Dr. Kaushk Banrejje, I/C, NRL and Principal scientist, NRCG briefed the history of residue monitoring plan of APEDA and the evolvement of statistically acceptable sampling procedure in grape. Followed by introductory remark by Dr. Banerjee, Dr. S D Ramteke, Principal Scientist, NRCG gave his introductory remark on usage of Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) in grape and precautions to be taken during preparation of pray volume and sampling.
After the inaugural session, technical sessions on pre-harvest sampling procedure to be followed as per RMP in grape and pomegranate was given by Dr. Ahammed Shabeer TP. Followed by sampling procedure in grape, post-harvest sampling of vegetables (okra, curry leaves, bitter guard, drumstick and chilli) as per RMP-APEDA was conducted by Dr. Sandip Hingmire, Research Associate, NRL, NRCG.
In post lunch session, filed demonstration on pre-harvest sampling of grape was conducted to the participants at NRCG vineyard. After filed demonstration, certificate was distributed in the name of laboratories and the program ended with vote of thanks to The Chair.