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Commodity Code - 29
Commodity Name - Barley (Jau)
Commodity Scientific Name - Hordeum vulgare L., Hordeum distichon


BH-946, BH-959, RD-2786, RD-2794, DWRUB-64, BH-902, RD-2715, RD-2660, HIMADRI (BHS 352), K-1005, NARENDRA BARLEY-1 (NDB-209), NP-109, PD-103, AZAD (K-125), BG-105, BHS-400 (PUSA SHEETAL), DWR-28 (MALT BARLEY), DWRB-137, DWRB-73, HBL-276 (HARIT) HBL391(GOKUL), PUSA SHEETAL (BHS 400), RATNA, RD-2849, SINDHU (NBL-11), VL BARLEY – 1, VL JAU 118 (VLB 118)

Grades Moisture (*Maximum Limits Of Tolerance (Per Cent By Weight)) Foreign Matter (*Maximum Limits Of Tolerance (Per Cent By Weight)) Other Edible Grains (*Maximum Limits Of Tolerance (Per Cent By Weight)) Damaged Grains(*Maximum Limits Of Tolerance(Per Cent By Weight)) Immature and Shrivelled Grains(*Maximum Limits Of Tolerance (Per Cent By Weight)) Weevilled Grains (*Maximum Limits Of Tolerance (Per Cent By Weight))
    organic inorganic        
Grade I 12 0.1 nil 0.5 1 2 0.5
Grade II 12 0.25 0.1 0.5 2 4 2
Grade III 14 0.5 0.25 1 3 6 4
Grade IV 14 0.75 0.25 1 4 6 8

General Characteristics:-

  1. Be the dried mature grains of Hordeum vulgare L. Or Hordeum distichon;

  2. Be sweet, hard, clean, wholesome, uniform in size, shape, colour and in sound merchantable condition;

  3. Be free from added colouring matter, moulds, weevils, obnoxious substances, discolouration, poisonous seeds and all other impurities except to the extent indicated in the schedule;

  4. Uric acid and aflatoxin shall not exceed 100 miligrams and 30 micrograms per kilogram respectively;

  5. Be free from rodent hair and excreta;

  6. Comply with the restrictions in regard to pesticides / insecticides residue (Rule 65), poisonous metals (Rule 57), naturally occurring toxic substances (Rule 57-B) and other provisions prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955 and as amended from time to time.

Barley shall be-

  1. Clean, wholesome, reasonably uniform in size, shape and colour characteristic to the variety
  2. Free from abnormal flavours, obnoxious smell and fungus infestation

Assaying parameters Tradable parameters Range-1 Range-2 Range-3
A Essential
i Moisture(% by wt) Max 11.0 12.0 14.0
ii Foreign matter(% by wt) Max 1.5 3.0 4.0
iii Admixture/Other edible grains(% by wt) Max 5.0 7.0 10.0
iv Immature & Shriveled Grains(% by wt) Max 3.0 5.0 7.0
v Damaged/Discoloured grains(% by wt) Max 3.0 5.0 10.0
vi Weevilled Grains(% by count) Max 4.0 6.0 10.0
B Optional (Industrial/Processors)
i Uric Acid Not more than 100mg/kg
ii Aflatoxin Not more than 30 microgram/kg
iii Total of foreign matter, other edible grains and damaged grains Not more than 12 percent by weight


  • 5 % or minimum one container shall be randomly selected for sampling.

  • 500 gm shall be drawn from each selected container and shall be mixed homogenously, called as primary sample.

  • 500 gm shall be drawn from primary sample called as Laboratory sample.


Optional parameters are voluntary and may be analyzed as per buyer-seller agreement.

  • Foreign matter: includes husk, straws, weed seeds, other inedible grains, metallic pieces, sand, gravel, dirt, pebbles, stones, lumps of earth, clay, mud and animal filth etc.

  • Other Edible Grains: means any edible grains (including oil seeds) other than the one which is under consideration

  • Damaged/Discoloured Grains means grains that are sprouted or internally damaged as a result of heat, microbe, moisture or weather and mechanical injury.

  • Weevilled grains means grains that are partially or wholly bored by insects injurious to grains but does not include germ eaten grains and egg spotted grains.

  • Immature & Shriveled Grains means kernels or pieces of kernels that are not fully developed.

  • Admixture means the presence of a variety of the same grain other than the variety in consideration.

Shelf Life - 12 Months

Initial Validity of e NWR - 6 Months

Extension of e NWR Validity - 3 Months

Number of Extensions - 2x3 Months

Weight Tolerance - Loss or gain equivalent to 70% of the decrease or increase in the moisture content during storage