Quality Rice Seed

Quality Rice Seed

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Planning and management of seed production btn_backbtn_forward
Seed certification system awareness
To become aware of the seed certification system of a country.
Introduction The use of quality seed of superior varieties is essential for the success of food production programs in many countries of the world. Good seed is one fundamental requirement for good production. Within a country, there is a government legislation that is implemented through a Seed Certification Agency and regulating the seed production and marketing. The Seed Certification Agency  is:
  1. The legally sanctioned system for quality control of seed in a country,
  2. Implements quality control schemes, and
  3. Ensures the quality of good seeds with minimum standard.

Farmers/seed growers should be aware about the standardized methods that are available to determine the physical and varietal purity, germination, vigor, seed-borne diseases, moisture content, and other attributes of quality seeds in a country.

There may be different schemes for the quality control of seeds in different countries. For example, in Bangladesh, these are followed through:

  1. Seed certification
  2. Truthful labeling
  3. Market monitoring
What is
meant by seed
certification?
Seed certification is a legally sanctioned system for the quality control of seeds for sale.
Certification: Certificate is granted by a seed certification agency after a seed dealer files an application.
Seed Dealer: A seed dealer is a person, company, or organization involved in the production, importation, selling, bartering, or supplying seeds of  any kind or variety for agricultural purpose.
Who certify
what?
The Seed Certification Agency (SCA) is a government organization authorized to certify rice seeds such as breeder, foundation, and certified seed.
  • Breeder and foundation seeds must be certified by the Seed Certification Agency.
  • Certified class of seeds is optional for Seed Certification Agency certification.
  • The producers themselves declare truthfully labeled seed quality.
Activities
carried out
by the Seed
Certification
Agency in
certifying
seeds:
  1. Receiving and scrutinizing applications for certification.
  2. Verifying the seed sources of applying agencies.
  3. Field inspection to verify conformity to the field standard (Seed Standard of rice for Bangladesh).
  4. Inspecting postharvest stages (including storing).
  5. Seed sampling and seed testing.
  6. Granting of certificate and certification tags.
  7. Tagging and sealing.

For the truthfully labeled seed class, the producer may provide label by first establishing an internal quality control system similar to a seed certification scheme before marketing the seeds.

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