KSSOCA is offering both (a) Seed Certification & (b) Organic Certification services. Separate targets are fixed for both the divisions to undertake the program respectively.
The organization has been providing excellent service to the Seed Producers, Growers and the Farming community in particular. There has been an upward trend in the Certification Activities year after year and the Area Registered & the quantity of Seeds Certified has increased from 6315 ha. & 56179 qtls. in 1975 and every year average 50,000 – 55,000 Ha area has been registered and average about 5 lakhs – 5.5 lakhs qtls certified seeds production is being done. Various factors have contributed to this manifold increase like awareness amongst the farming community regarding the benefits of use of high quality seeds, encouragement by the State & Central Governments. for production and distribution of high quality seeds, participation of more no. of seed Producers and Growers in Seed Production Program and also varied agro-climatic conditions and soil types prevailing in the state which are conducive to seed production of various crop varieties.
- 1. To provide quality certified seeds to the farmers to increase production & productivity;
- 2. Increase area under seed production and increase the availability of certified seeds to the farmers, thereby increasing the seed replacement rate (SRR);
- 3. Reduce the percentage of failure of seeds at field, unit as well as lab level;
- 4. Improve the infrastructure facilities of KSSOCA for effective and timely certification activities.
The following are the main objectives of Seed Certification Agency:
- 1. To recognize varieties (and kinds where improved varieties are to available)eligible for seed certification and publish annually lists indicating the names of such varieties and kinds.
- 2. To maintain a list of sources of Breeder & Foundation seeds approved by the Central Seed Certification Board in case of variety grown in more than one state and by the state seed certification board in the case of varieties and kinds.
- 3. To Verify, upon receipt of an application for certification that the variety is eligible for certification, that the application has been submitted in accordance with the procedure prescribed by the state seed certification governing board and that the source of seedused for planting is from approved sources
- 4. To provide for the inspection of seed field, seed processing plants and seed lots in accordance with the procedures outlined by the central seed certification board.
- 5. To ensure that the seeds certified in the state conform to the standards prescribed by the central seed certification board.
- 6. To grant certificates, certification tags and seals etc., designed as per specifications provided by the state seed certification governing board.
- 7. To carry out educational program designed to promote the use of certified seed including a publication listing co-operators in the seed certification program and sources of certified seed and provide such information to the central seed certification board and to publicize the same.
- 8. To regulate the processing of seed in the seed processing units with a view to see that seeds are properly processed to conform to the standard fixed.
- 9. To test the seeds at the notified seed testing laboratories to conform to the standard prescribed under the seed Act.
- 10. Periodical inspection of premises of dealers to ensure that certification standards are not violated and there is no abuse of certification in any form and to ensure that farmers get certified seeds conforming to the standard prescribed under the seeds Act at all times.
- 1. Certify seeds of all notified kinds and varieties.
- 2. Outline the procedure for submission of applications for growing, harvesting, processing, storage and labeling of seeds intended for certification till the end to ensure that seed lots finally approved for certification are true to variety and meet prescribed standards for certification under the Act or the rules.
- 3. Maintain a list of recognized Breeders of seeds.
- 4. Verify, upon receipt of an application for certification that the variety is eligible for certification; that the seed source used for planting was authenticated, and the record of purchase is in accordance with the rules and the fees have been paid.
- 5. Take sample and inspect seed lots produced under the procedures laid down by the Certification Agency and have such sample tested to ensure that the seed conforms to the prescribed standards of certification.
- 6. Inspect seed processing plants to see that the admixtures of other kinds and varieties are not introduced.
- 7. Ensure that action at all stages, e.g. field inspection, seed processing, plant inspection, analysis of samples taken and issue of certificates (including tags, labels, seals etc.) is taken expeditiously.
- 8. Carry out educational program designed to promote the use of certified seed including a publication listing certified seed growers and source of certified seed.
- 9. Grant of certificates (including tags, labels, seals etc.) in accordance with the provisions of the Act and the rules.
- 10. Maintain such records as may be necessary to verify that seed plants for the production of certified seed were eligible for such planting under the Rules.
- 11. Inspect fields to ensure that the minimum standards for isolation, rouging (where applicable), use of male sterility (where applicable) and similar factors are maintained at all times, as well as ensure that seed-borne diseases are not present in the field to a greater extent than those provided in the standards for certification.