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The Seeds Ordinance, 1977

( Ordinance NO. XXXIII OF 1977 )

Seed Certification Agency
1[8. (1) The Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, establish a Certification Agency to be called the Seed Certification Agency (SCA) to carry out the functions entrusted to it by or under this Ordinance.
(2) The functions of SCA shall among other things include:
(a) to advise seed producers on production, processing and quality control of seeds;
(b) to carry out post market quality control through inspection, testing;
(c) to collect data or information on seed production, processing and quality control for use by the Board;
(d) to certify all Breeder and Foundation seed of controlled crops;
(e) to certify seeds for seed enterprises as a service, if resources permit;
(f) to co-ordinate the variety evaluation and release mechanism for notified crops;
(g) to advise NSB on the de-notification of varieties for reasons of poor performance or disease and pest susceptibility;
(h) to help DAE in the promotion and use of improved seed of HYV's among farmers;
(i) to collect samples of truthfully labeled seeds throughout the country and check their declared standards through appropriate tests; and
(j) to enforce the provisions of the Seed Ordinance, 1977 and take appropriate legal measures against the offenders.]

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    Section 8 was substituted by section 9 of the Seeds (Amendment) Act, 2005 (Act No. XXVI of 2005)
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