Online permissions for seed certifications from next April

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Hyderabad: The All India Seed Certification Directors meeting has decided to grant online permissions for all seed certifications starting from April, 2018. The decision was taken at Hyderabad where seed certification directors from all States met here on Saturday on sidelines of International workshop on seed certification. Addressing the directors meeting, the Union government Joint Secretary for Seeds, Dr B Rajender said the Telangana State government with a special interest has conducted an international workshop on seed certification which will be very much useful in capacity building.

The meeting also took several other decisions such as uniformity should be brought in certifying seeds across the country, constituting a special committee to find out a solution for long pending issues and strengthening seed certification agencies. “There is no dearth of funds for the development of seed certification agencies, problems should be brought to the notice of the higher authorities after inspecting fields,” Rajender said.

Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture Secretary C Paratha Sarathi requested the Central government to allocate separate budget for strengthening Seed Certification laboratories in all States so as to give effective results. “Bar coding system should be brought into force to avoid fake seeds into market,’ Partha Sarathi advised during the meeting. Secretary also advised that all Seed centres should be Geo-tagged to know their day to day functioning. “First time in the County seeds are exported from the Telangana State with international certification and advised other States to follow the similar stands,” Paratha Sarathi said.

Telangana Seed Certification Agency Director Dr K Keshavulu gave power point presentation on issues faced by the State Seed Certification Agencies. The meeting also decided to have review committees on seed availability and quality.

IASCA formed

The Directors of States Seed Certification agencies have formed Indian Association of Seed Certification Agency. Agency directors of all States expressed happiness over constituting IASCA to have better coordination for future needs.