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According to estimates, about 70% of the population of our country is dependent on agriculture for livelihood. India, with abundant natural resources, and fertile plains had a fruitful agricultural production from ages, but unfortunately, the changing weather conditions along with other factors had a harmful impact on this sector resulting in decreasing crop production. Additionally, the growing population has imparted more burdens on the land to produce more crops to feed the fast-growing numbers. The results of outdated techniques of production are visible in the form of insufficient crop production and wasteful agricultural activities. The increase in pollution changes in soil conditions along with global warming now influences agrarian production. The changing times of agriculture in India have its particular requirements regarding types of machinery, pesticides, insecticides, irrigation methods, crop selection techniques, etc.

In such a case, there is a need for scientific and precise guidance about the practice that should be followed by organizations engaged in agricultural work to increase productivity in agricultural processes and at the same time remove unproductive agrarian processes. ISO standards for agriculture are the solution to this sophisticated problem. Agriculture standards cover every aspect of farming-related activities such as irrigation, machinery, livestock management, farm management, etc.

Industry experts develop these standards along with representatives from non-government organizations, government, industry representatives and other stakeholders engaged in agriculture-related work. These standards are established after achieving a consensus from all the related parties with having an eye for increasing efficiency in agricultural activities and safety of consumption for food products.

ISO standards help organizations engaged in agricultural work to meet the legal and industrial benchmarks related to product quality, the safety of consumers, as well of raw material and machinery used for the production of crops to ensure smooth flow of crop production. At the same time, these standards provide that the output of quality that can meet globally acceptable standards of food quality and help to grow market accessibility for farmers to international markets. For example, agriculture machines iso standards mention of ideal machines to be used for a particular set of work. Similarly, rules related to livestock management deals with the standard practices for livestock management.

Agriculture standards meet the adequate level of quality and safety that is necessary to achieve the goal of sustainable development along with sufficient crop production. These agriculture standards along with food technology standards are the need of the hour for a developing country like India with scarce resources and growing demand for food along with a developing state of agricultural infrastructure.

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