- Inspection of imported agricultural commodities for preventing the introduction of exotic pests and diseases inimical to Indian fauna and flora through implementation of DIP Act, 1914 and the Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into India) Order, 2003 issued there under.
- Inspection of plants and plant material meant for export as per the requirements under International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) 1951 of FAO to facilitate pest free trade.
- Detection of exotic pests and diseases for their containment by adopting domestic quarantine regulations, if introduced.
The ongoing activities assigned under the scheme include:
- To issue import permits with additional declarations and special conditions to facilitate safe imports of agricultural products.
- To undertake quarantine inspection and laboratory testing of plants and plant material to ensure freedom from exotic pests.
- To undertake phytosanitary certification (for issuance of Phytosanitary Certificates (PSCs); 150 Nos. of Officers from Central/ State/ UT Governments have been authorized for this purpose.
- To undertake fumigation/disinfestations/disinfections of commodities to control infestation/infection.
- To undertake certification of post-entry quarantine facilities and inspection of imported growing plants and plant material; 41 Nos. of Inspection Authorities have been designated.
- To support Export market access for India’s Agriculture products from the phytosanitary point of view.
- To facilitate safe global trade in agriculture by assisting the producers and exporters by providing a technically competent and reliable phytosanitary certificate system to meet the requirements of trading partners.
- To provide Grants-in-aid to Designated Inspection Authorities to meet the travel expenses and also to State PSC issuing authorities for equipping them with minimal equipments required for export inspection/certification.
- Granting approval/accreditation of Treatment providers in line with the requirement of ISPM-15.
- To undertake PRAs of different agricultural commodities with respect to their import or export in relation to the countries concerned.