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Certification of seeds

  • Category
    Economy
  • Published
    20th Aug, 2019

The Centre now hopes to mandate uniform certification by pushing through a replacement to the Seeds Act, 1966, in the winter session of Parliament

Context

The Centre now hopes to mandate uniform certification by pushing through a replacement to the Seeds Act, 1966, in the winter session of Parliament

About

  • Currently, more than half of all seeds sold in India are not certified by any proper testing agency
  • Moreover, due to technology, the very definition of seed has changed. Planting materials such as cuttings, grafting and tissue culture needs to be included under the ambit of law.

Significance

  • This could increase overall agricultural productivity by up to 25%
  • If a seed fails at the germination, flowering or seed­setting process, the company which sold it could be held liable and compensation could be extracted.
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