This Handbook has been prepared in response to persistent demands from the States for drawing up guidelines for the functioning of the Seed Inspectors. The increasing awareness of the farmer that good quality seed is the key input for increasing production casts an increasing responsibility on the State Governments to ensure that the seeds in the market conform to the minimum standards of germination and purity prescribed under the Seeds Act. The State Governments have notified Seed Inspectors but it has been felt that a good number of them are not aware of their responsibilities and the requirements of their job. A Seed Inspector who picks up random samples in a hurry in order to achieve his quota is unlikely to make any impact on the seed trade unless he adopts fair methods of drawing samples and carefully follows up the results of analysis. We are a long way from building the morale of the seed trade and creating confidence both in the seed trader and the farmer-consumer. I trust this Handbook would be a useful guide to the Seed Inspectors, in achieving these objectives. On behalf of the Central Seed committee, I would like to acknowledge thankfully the laborious work put in by Dr. D.N. Singh, Asstt. Commissioner (Seeds), Mr. Johnson E. Douglas of the Rockefeller Foundation and Dr. Y.R. Mehta of the National Seeds Corporation Limited in the preparation of this Handbook.
Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India
Ministry of Agriculture