Accreditation of departmental Laboratories could ensure the establishment and maintenance of prescribed National/International quality standards// Director Agriculture Kashmir
Srinagar: A meeting on the importance of laboratory accreditation as per ISO / IEC 17025:2017 under the National / International recognition of ILA / MRA and NABL was held at Directorate of Agriculture Lal Mandi, Srinagar. The meeting presided over by Director Agriculture Kashmir Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal had a detailed deliberation on various concerned issues including calibration and testing in laboratories, accreditation of laboratories, structural & resource requirements, etc.
While having interaction with the participants Chowdhary highlighted the importance of accreditation of laboratories in present scenario and said that the network of accredited laboratories could play an important role in establishment and maintenance of set / prescribed National / International quality standards.
He said that we have a distinction of producing some special agriculture crops and agricultural commodities, once we have a strong network of accredited labs in the UT our produce will get an acceptance at national and international level which could ultimately increase the commercial importance of our produce and will ensure the maximum outreach to our products.
Earlier Director NIIRT Centre for Calibration, Analysis & Testing S.K. Sinha gave a detailed power point presentation on various procedures that are being adopted during the accreditation process of different laboratories.
Joint Director Agriculture Inputs Farooq Ahmad Shah, Joint Director Agriculture Extension Shahid Iqbal, Joint Director Apiculture & Mushroom Mohammad Syed Peer, Agriculture Chemist Kashmir Tabassum Naaz, Chief Agriculture Officer, Srinagar attended the meeting in person while as Chief Agriculture Officers & heads of different departmental laboratories of Kashmir Division participated virtually.