Srihari Kotela


  • Founder -Krishigap Digital Solutions Pvt Ltd and eFresh Agribusiness Solutions.
  • Chairperson for Certification Committee – India Good Agricultural Practices Certification Scheme, appointed by Quality Council of India (QCI), an autonomous body set up by Govt of India, CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM.
  • ISO17065 Standard, technical expert for Spice Board Project -IndG.A.P certification for Spices, appointed by QCI.
  • ISO 17065 Standard,technical experts for Medicinal Plants Certification Scheme, appointed by QCI.
  • Received Lifetime Achievement Award from the President of the United States with a citation from the White House for lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service.

  • Past

  • Founder Foodcert India Pvt Ltd in the year 2001 in collaboration with Foodcert BV, The Netherlands. First certification body (CB) in India to receive European Accreditation for inspection of farms under international standard ISO 17020.
  • Championed the introduction of European Retail Parties Good Agricultural Practices certification scheme in India for the first time in 2002 and more than 5000 farmers were covered under GAP certification and facilitated export of agricultural products. Introduced various Global Food Safety Standards covering entire food supply chain like organic certification (NPOP and NOP), HACCP, ISO 22000, BRC, International Food Standard (IFS) etc. Foodcert is also the first CB granted recognition for India Good Agricultural Practices, Ayush Products and Medicinal Plants certification scheme.
  • Keeping the main focus on innovative agricultural solutions and scaling up the implementation of food safety and sustainable standards through a digital platform , parted Foodcert India to TATA Projects Ltd, a TATA Group company, which is renamed it TQ Cert Services Pvt Ltd.


  • Recognizing his contribution to Global Food Safety and SustainableStandards, wasappointed on various expert committees,by various government and other institutions such as Bureau of Indian Standards, Quality Council of India, Food Safety & Standards)Authority of India, Confederation of Indian Industry, Department of Ayush, Govt. of India, etc.


  • Development of Standards on National Agricultural Code on India Good Agricultural Practices, Good Hygiene Practices, Good retail Practices, Good Animal Husbandry Practices, Voluntary Certification Mark for the food processing sector, Basic Food safety management system for food establishments, Procedure for certification of professionals to certify compliance to food safety system, Voluntary certification Scheme for Medicinal Plants, Globally Competitive horticulture value chain.

  • Educational Qualifications:

  • Chartered Accountant.
  • Qualified Lead Auditor- QMS, EMS, OH&SMS.
  • Trained on Global Food Safety and Sustainable Standards.
  • Introduction to Capability Maturity Model, by Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Trained on Business planning for Indian SMEs- Japan.

  • Date: August 2023:

    Place: Hyderabad, India

    Email: srihari@krishigap.com

    Mobile: +91-98480 34740

    Website: https://krishigap.com/