The Parent Organization Karnataka State Seed Certification Agency (KSSCA) was established as an autonomous body under the Govt. of Karnataka as per provisions of Section-8 of the Seeds Act 1966 in the year 1974. It was registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960 with the main objective of Certification of Seeds of Crop Varieties & Hybrids notified under Section-5 of the Seeds Act, 1966. The Agency has been performing its assigned task of making available high quality seeds of notified varieties and hybrids to the farming community, so grown and distributed as to ensure their genetic identity and purity.
Establishment of KSOCA:
As per the guidelines of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, New Delhi, KSOCA has been carved from the parent Organization KSSOCA as a separate Organic Certification Division. Vide G.O.No. AGD 50 AAE 2012 Bengaluru dt. 04.01.2013, Posts in different cadres have been created as per the requirement and Officers and Staff working in KSSOCA have deployed and trained in various Organic Inspection & Certification aspects as per National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP).KSOCA has obtained accreditation from NAB (National Accreditation Body) with effect from 17-08-2015 to carryout organic certification activities.
The Main Objectives of KSOCA:
• To provide reliable, prompt and efficient organic certification services at reasonable costs to organic farmers and other stakeholders involved in organic production & marketing.
• To guarantee genuinity of organic produce to the consumers through a well defined certification system as per NPOP standards.
General Requirement of Certification
1. Requirement of conversion period - for conversion of an agricultural farm from conventional to Organic, i.e., the time between from the date of 1st inspection to Certification of Crops as Organic :
- Annual Crops - 02 years
- Perennial Crops – 03 years
2. Part conversion – when part of a conventional farm or unit has already been converted to Organic Production or Processing and part is in the process of conversion. The conventional field/storage shall be separate and inspectable.
3. Seed/Planting Materials – shall be from Certified Organic Source, otherwise should be chemically untreated.
4. Fertilizers and chemicals – permitted from Certified Organic Source only. On-site production of inputs is advised.
5. Buffer Zone – is required to avoid chemical/fertilizer spray drift from neighboring fields.
6. Biodiversity – has to be maintained.
7. Agricultural Implements – should be kept separately for Organic Agricultural Operations or else to be cleaned thoroughly before use.
8. Records to be maintained at field level.
a. Farm Dairy
b. Annual Organic Farm Management Plan
c. Purchase Records
d. Sale Records
e. Soil and Water Testing Reports
f. Information regarding Organic Agricultural Training
9. Harvest & Storage – Organic Produce shall be harvested, stored and transported separately.
Some don’ts in Organic Certification:
1. Parallel production – same or similar crops should not be grown in Conventional and Organic Agricultural fields, simultaneously.
2. Seed/Planting Material –
• Chemically treated not allowed.
• Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) not allowed.
3. Chemical pesticides and growth hormones not allowed.
4. Interchanging between Conventional and Organic Agricultural System not allowed.
5. Human excreta and Urine usage is not allowed in Organic Agriculture.