Senior Scientist Dr Sreedhar Mulinti took us around the Quality Control Laboratory of Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University. He was more than ready to narrate the origin, functioning and services rendered by the semi-commercial laboratory. According to him, this Laboratory was sanctioned by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India. Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) is taking care of the infra structural facilities, staff and expenditure of this Laboratory.
Aimed at providing quality analysis of agricultural crops and products to the farmers at affordable cost, this lab is also undertaking analysis of food, water and beverages for different quality parameter for various institutions and industries. It also develops a database on the requirements of different countries importing crops and food items from India to the benefit of the Indian farmers and exporters. Apart from the analysis and lab procedures, this institution provides trainings in GLP, food quality control with special reference to HACCP, SPS and general certification procedures, quality assurance, qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis.
Currently, this lab has the capability to analyse food borne pathogens including parasites, mycotoxins, toxic metals, pesticide residues, drug residues, preservatives and nutritional quality. Stationed at the EEI Campus of ANGRAU, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad, this state-of-the art lab is fully equipped with the latest equipments as Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Gas chromatograph, Liquid chromatograph, Automatic fat analyzer, protein analyzer, UV-VIS spectro photometer, fibre analyser, fluoride meter, automatic titrator, Karl-Fisher titrator etc.
According to Dr Sreedhar, the services of the laboratory is open to farmers, industries and export units and general public at rates prescribed by ANGRAU from time to time. This lab has a tie with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre too. Hundreds of samples are analysed everyday by a well trained scientists and technicians. Dr Sreedhar promised that the lab will take up the analysis of cattle and poultry feed also in future, though they are not doing any now. Adulteration, substitution with urea, use of low quality raw materials etc. can be found out for the benefit of dairy and poultry farmers.
Had Kerala been equipped with a quality Control Lab with certification and authentication rights, the quality of milk,
meat, cattle and poultry feed etc could have been estimated and brought out to the notice of the farming community and general public. The quality of food for humans and animals could be assured. Many government agencies, research institutions and universities are having laboratories of international standards, but how many of them are accessible to the farming community or public?
Now that the new veterinary university (KVASU) has come up with ambitious plans, one would hope to see a quality control lab for the farmers of the state of Kerala. Will the Vice Chancellor take note of?
Till then you can reach the Quality Control Lab of ANGAU at: