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Department of Seed Certification.

The seed is the basic input in Agriculture and it plays a vital role in sustained growth and development of agricultural sectors. Agricultural sector contributes considerably for the overall economic growth of the state. With a view to protect the farming community, a strong seed production programme and quality control mechanism is a must. Adequate quantity of quality seed at right time could be the primary objective in the farm front of the future.

The department is implementing the following schemes in order to make available quality seeds to the farming community.

Seed Certification

Seed certification is done to encourage the production of adequate quantities of genetically pure and good quality seeds, particularly of high yielding improved varieties and hybrids of different crops. In order to achieve this, the Seed Certification Department carries out the certification work in various seeds notified under Indian Seeds Act, 1966 and in accordance with the provisions of the Seed Rules 1968 to maintain the quality of the seeds produced in the state.

Seed Quality Control

The basic objective of the Seed legislation is to regulate the quality of seeds sold to farmers. The Seed Inspection wing of the Department of seed certification is in charge of regulating the quality of seeds sold in accordance with the provisions of Seeds Act 1966, Seed rules 1968 and Seeds (Control) Order 1983. To ensure the quality of the seeds distributed to the farmers, seed selling points are inspected periodically and seed samples are drawn and sent for analysis in the notified Seed Testing Laboratory and based on the results legal actions are being initiated against the defaulters. Besides this the Seed Inspection wing is issuing the licenses for Seed dealers under Seed (Control) Order 1983. Quality control measures for the seeds that are distributed among the farming community through seed selling points are equally important for enhancing the agricultural production.

Seed Testing

The seed testing is being carried out to analyse the quality of the seed lots. The factors like germination physical purity moisture seed health and admixture of other distinguishable varieties are being analysed in the notified seed testing laboratories. The Seed testing results are significantly important for the successful implementation of Seed Certification programs and seed law enforcement programs. Besides certified seed samples and official seed samples from Seed Inspection wing, the service samples sent by the farmers, seed dealers and Seed producers are also being tested in these laboratories.

The grow out test is conducted to determine the genetic purity of a given seed lots. The grow out test is conducted at Kannampalayam (Coimbatore) farm and at glass house attached to the Director of Seed certification. This test is conducted for the certification of parents and hybrids of cotton, castor hybrids and also for the samples received from the Seed Inspection wing.


The following training programs are organised by the Training Wing of this department.

Orientation training

Training is given to the newly joined Seed Certification Officers of this department on seed Certification procedures, field inspections, processing, sampling, Seed Testing and tagging besides identification of crop varieties based on the morphological characters.

Refresher Training

The already positioned technical officers of this department are trained on changes in the procedures, new developments, latest techniques on seed production and on identification of newly released varieties.

Training to Seed Producers

The training is given on the seed production aspects to government, quasi government and private seed producers through the Deputy Director of Seed Certification and Assistant Director of Seed Certification. The training includes seed growers who are mostly small and marginal farmers below poverty line.

Quality control Training to Seed Dealers

Training is also given to the seed dealers not only on the quality maintenance in storage and selling of seeds but also on the regulatory aspects of seed legislation.