1. Which Courses are available at NIPHT-Horticulture training Center?
  • General Greenhouse Management
  • Shadenet House Management
  • Crop Specific Courses - (Rose / Gerbera / Carnation / Anthurium /Orchid and Vegetable Cultivation)
  • Plant Propagation & Nursery Management
  • Marketing of Horticultural Produce
  • Landscaping
  • Plant Tissue Culture
  • Post Harvest Management
  • Fruit Processing
  • Crop specific Cultivation and processing Courses.(Cashewnut, Pomegranate, Ginger, Turmeric)
  • Mali Training
  • Dry Flower Arrangement and Decoration
  • Fodder Cultivation, Hydroponic & Silage Techniques
2. What is the duration of the training courses?

Duration of training courses is 3 to 5 days and is conducted throughout the year. The training schedule is available on website www.nipht.org

3. What is the fees of training courses?

Fees for each training course for 5 days is Rs.7000/- per candidate (Plant Tissue culture & Landscaping it is Rs.7500/- per candidate. The mode of payment should be Demand Draft or Cash or RTGS only. One passport size photograph 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 -

  • Cultivation of Mangoes, Grapes, Pomegranate, Banana, Medicinal and Aromatic plants. Organic farming.
  • Supply chain management.
  • Soil less flower & vegetable cultivation (Aeroponic, hydroponic & cocopeat cultivation).
  • Branding, labelling & packaging of Horticultural produce.
  • Fruits & vegetables dehydration
  • Processing and Marketing
  • Honeybee Keeping
5. What is the educational qualification required for the training?

No any qualification is required for the training programs. Farmers, businessman, extension officers, teachers, students, farm managers, financial organisations, skilled workers can participate in the training course.

1. 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 codean 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.

2.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
3.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.

4.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.
5.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 exporetr)
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 isa main documenton the basis of which the customers permission for export is given.[Prepared by Exporter/CHA & cerified by custom Authority]
c) Bill of handing:- Bill ofhanding 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, Aurangabad
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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on 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.

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