Certification shall be completed in six broad phases listed as under:
There is no minimum or maximum limit for the area offered by a person for certification, provided the certified seed production meets all the prescribed requirements.
For the purpose of field inspection, the entire area planted under seed production by an individual shall constitute one unit provided:
Seed processing means cleaning, drying, treating, grading and other operations which will improve the quality of seeds. Seed from fields which conformed to the standards of certification at field stage shall, as soon as possible after the harvest will be brought at processing plant for processing. The screen aperture size specified shall be used for cleaning and grading of seeds so that typical contaminants such as weed seeds, small seeds, damaged seeds, broken and shriveled seeds, straw, chaff, leaves, twigs, stones, soil particles etc. are removed.
Soon after completion of the seed processing or after seed treatment as the case may be, the Certification Agency shall draw a representative composite sample as per procedure specified in Seed Testing Manual. The quantity of seed samples so drawn shall be sufficient to provide three samples of the size of submitted sample. The composite sample will be divided into three equal parts, and one shall be sent for analysis to a notified Seed Testing Laboratory, the second part to the seed producer and retain the third part as a guard sample.
The Seed Testing Laboratory shall analysis the seed samples in accordance with the prescribed procedure and deliver the Seed Analysis Report to the Certification Agency as soon as may be, but not later than 30 days from the date of receipt of the samples unless the seed is subjected to such tests which require more than 30 days for completion of the test. The seed samples are analyzed for germination, physical purity, inert matter, moisture content and ODV test where ever necessary.
|Class||Standards for Minimum Genetic Purity (%)|
|(i) Varieties, composites, synthetics & multilines||98.00|
|(iii) Hybrids of cotton, TPS, muskmelon, brinjal &tomato||90.00|
|(iv) Hybrid castor||85.00|
The Certification Agency shall conduct grow-out test to determine genetic purity of a seed lot whenever it is a pre-requisite for grant of the certificate and also on the seed lots where a doubt has arisen about the genetic purity. The grow-out test can be complemented by certain related laboratory tests. The Grow-Out-Test shall be conducted as per the procedure specified in IMSCS.
When a seed lot does not meet the prescribed seed standards, the Certification Agency on the request of seed producer may permit recleaning, resampling and retesting. The recleaning, resampling and retesting shall be permitted once. The seed lots recorded substandard in germination up to 25% less than the standard germination will be eligible for recleaning, resampling and retesting.
The Certification Agency shall have the authority to refuse certification of any seed production field or any seed lot that does not conform to the Minimum Standards prescribed for that particular crop, either for field or for seed or for both. Such refusal will be subject to any appeal made to the Appellate Authority constituted, under Section 11(1) of the Seeds Act, 1966.
All Appeals against the decision of the Seed Certification Agency shall be made to the convener of the Appellate Authority, within 30 days of rejection. Every memorandum of appeal shall be in writing and shall be accompanied by
The validity period shall be nine months from the date of test at the time of initial certification. The validity period could be further extended for six months provided on retesting seed conforms to the prescribed standards in respect of physical purity, germination and insect damage for all seeds except vegetative propagating material for which lot shall be re-examined for seed standards specified for respective crop.
Validation is the process designed to verify the conformity of certified seed lots to the standards of Certification on expiry of the period up to which the initial certification or previous validation of the lot is valid up to .The validity period shall be nine months from the date of test at the time of initial Certification. The validity period could be further extended for 6 months provided on retesting seeds conforms to the prescribed standards in respect of physical purity, germination and insect damage. A seed lot will be eligible for extension of the validity period as long as it conforms to the prescribed standards.
The Seed producer who intends to get certified seed further validated shall approach concerned Senior Seed Certification Officer along with necessary details, documents and requisite fee before expiry of validity period.
The Certification Agency shall preserve in order all the documents including the guard samples pertaining to certification of each seed lot for one year from the date of grant/ extension of the certificate and two years in respect of rejected seed crops or lots from the date of communication of rejection unless and otherwise required for longer period.