The post-harvest quality of Foodgrains and Pulses sets the agenda for all the stages further down the 'grain chain' - the sequence of events that leads through milling and packing to consumption. Grain quality is determined by several factors - the climatic and soil conditions during the growing season, weather conditions at hanvest, harvesting techniques, post-harvest handling, storage, and transportation.
Every type of grain possesses properties that contribute to its overall quality. A combination of the various properties or qualities, either alone or together are used to grade and value grain. The main opportunity for grain quality analysis occurs just after harvest so that the procured grain can be segregated into separate storage areas, each containing the grain of a specific quality. Why Is Grading Important?
Accurate grading of grains is critical to ensure that an objective standard is used to determine the price of the grain, thus protecting both the buyer and seller.
Where buyers are close to the source of the grain, e.g. in local markets, they have direct access to