While Global GAP – an international certification scheme is available and NABCB, a constituent board of QCI and the National Accreditation Board, is authorised to provide accreditation for Global GAP, INDGAP was tailor made to suit the needs of the small and marginal farmers, who form the majority in India, allowing them to move up to the International GAP in a phased manner.

INDGAP therefore has been designed to have two levels – INDGAP Basic : for the small and marginal farmers and INDGAP Premium for the bigger farmers and large farms.

INDGAP can be applied to individual farmers as well as farmer groups

Way forward

  • NABCB is persuing with Secretary Agriculture to recognise INDGAP
  • A recommendation has been presented to PM at the National Conference “Agriculture 2022- Doubling Farmer’s Income” to promote GAP
  • Need to benchmark INDGAP with Global GAP so as to bring down cost by 40 %
  • Need for extensive Extension Services to promote GAP
  • Need to draft NGOs in Extension Services


  • Promotes sustainable agriculture and contributes to meeting national and international environment and social development objectives.
  • Helps improve the safety and quality of food and other agricultural products.
  • Better implementation of the food regulations in India by making available appropriate quality raw material to the food processing industry.
  • Increased compliance to national and international regulations, standards and guidelines regarding use of permitted pesticides, maximum levels of contaminants (including pesticides, veterinary drugs and mycotoxins) as well as other chemical, microbiological and physical contamination hazards

Eliminating chances of these contaminants entering the food chain at primary production level will:

  • Help production of safe food at primary production level
  • Eliminate harmful processes in the food chain such as bio-magnification and bio-concentration (accumulation of toxic chemicals in food chains) which is detriment to both human health and environment
  • Culture of Food Safety Optimization of human and natural resources in agriculture Better price realization of the produce Secure and strengthen livelihoods of the small and marginal farmers