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Sunflower oilseed

Commodity Code - 285
Commodity Name - Sunflower oilseed
Commodity Scientific Name - Helianthus annuus Linn


A-2, APSH-11 7-1A, APSH-11 7-1B, APSH-11 RHA-271R, BSH-1 CMS-234A, BSH-1 CMS-234B, BSH-1 RHA-274R, KBSH-1 6-D-1R, KBSH-1 CMS-234A, KBSH-1 CMS-234B, KBSH-1(A-LINE), KBSH-1(B-LINE), KBSH-1(R-LINE), KBSH-42 (A-LINE), KBSH-42 (B- LINE), KBSH-42 (R-LINE), KBSH-53 A line, KBSH-53 B line, KBSH-53 R line, LDMRSH-1 CMS-234A, LDMRSH-1 CMS-234B, LDMRSH-1 MRHA-2R, LDMRSH-3 207A, LDMRSH-3 207B, LDMRSH-3 MRHA-1R, PSFH-67 CMS-234A, PSFH-67 CMS-234B, PSFH-67 P-35-R, 3389, BSFH-007, DSSH-108, Kaveri-618, Kaveri-678, Kaveri Champa, RAVIKIRAN, Ravikiran, Ravikiran-1, SUNGOLD, BRSK 3, DSFH-3, others , RSFH-1887, MHABEEJ 504 (BHASKAR), EC-68415, EC-69874, PARA-DOVIK (EC-68414), BSH- 1, MODREN, RUMSUN RECORD, SURYA (PKV-SUF-72-37), CO-2, MSFH-1, MSFH-8, APSH-11, MSFH-10, MSFH-17, LDMRSH-1, LDMRSH-3, KBSH-1, PSFH-67, SS-56, GUJARAT SUNFLOWER-1, TNAU-SUF-7, JWALAMUKHI (PSCL-5015), PKVSF-9 (AKSF-9), PKVSH-27, TNAU SUF-10, PAC-1091, PAC-36, SUNGENO-85, DSH-1, LS-11, TCSH - 1 (CMS 234 A), TCSH - 1 (CMS 234 B), TCSH - 1 (RHA 272 R), TCSH-1, MLSFH-47 (AH-11-34), KBSH-44, KBSH-44 (17 B), KBSH-44 (CMS 17 A (F)), KBSH-44 (DRSF 108), SH-416, PSFH-118, DRSF-108, KBSH-41 (234 B), KBSH-41 (RHA 95-C-1 (M)), KBSH-41(CMS 234 A (F)), PROSUN-09 (PRO-009), HSFH-848, KBSH-41, KBSH-42, DRSH-1 (PCSH-243), DRSH-1(PCSH-243)(A), DRSH-1(PCSH-243)(B), DRSH-1(PCSH-243)(R), DRSF-113, LFS-8, TAS-82, CO (SFV)5, RSFH-1, LSFH-35, PAC 334, KBSH-53, PSH 569, RSFH-130, (Bhadra), RSFV-901 (Kanthi), CO 2, Olisun 3794 (PAC 3794), PKV Pink (aks 311), Sunflower COH 3, Lakshmipriya ISF-764, Pride ISF-1, SSF-12-40

Grade Designation Percent by weight (Maximum)
Foreign matter Damaged seeds Immature, shrivelled and dead seeds Weevilled seeds Moisture content
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
Grade I 2.0 2.0 10.0 0.5 5.0
Grade II 4.0 4.0 15.0 1.0 5.0
Grade III 6.0 6.0 25.0 1.0 5.0

General Characteristics:-


  1. Foreign matter: shall be stones, lumps of earth, straw, chaff, stems, any other edible or non-edible seeds of any other foreign material

  2. Damaged seeds: shall be the seeds which are internally damaged or discoloured or broken, materially affecting the quality.

  3. Immature, shrivelled and dead seeds: shall be the seeds not properly developed and/or shrunken. Dead seeds shall be those seeds which can easily be crushed, if crushed between two fingers.

  4. Weevilled seeds: shall be those seeds which are wholly or partly bored or eaten by the weevils.

The sunflower seeds shall:

  1. be obtained from the plant botanically known as Helianthus annuus Linn;

  2. be well developed, mature, clean, dry, free from dirt, obnoxious smell, deleterious substances infestation and rodent contamination except to the extent provide under special characteristics;

  3. be reasonable uniform in shape, size and colour ;

  4. not show any visible sign of mould attack.

Sunflower shall be

  1. Clean, wholesome, reasonably uniform in size, shape and colour characteristic to the variety .

  2. Free from obnoxious smell and fungus infestation. Tradable parameters Range-1 Range-2 Range-3
A Essential
i Oil content (% by wt) Min 28.0 25.0 22.0
ii Moisture(% by wt) Max 4.0 4.5 5.0
iii Foreign matter(% by wt) Max 2.0 4.0 6.0
iv Damaged seeds (% by wt) Max 4.0 5.0 6.0
B Optional (Industrial/Processors)
i Admixture Not more than 2 percent by weight


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

  • 250 gm whichever is applicable shall be drawn from each selected container and shall be mixed homogenously, called as primary sample.

  • 250 gm shall be drawn from primary sample called as Laboratory sample


  • 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.

  • Damaged seeds are sprouted or internally damaged as a result of heat, microbe, moisture or weather and mechanical injury.

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

Total Shelf Life - 12 Months

Initial Validity of e NWR - 6 Months

Extension of e NWR Validity - 3 Months

Number of Extensions - 2*3 Months

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