In Tamil Nadu Organic Agriculture is receiving increasing attention among farmers, producers, processors Traders, Exporters and consumers. Growing consciousness of health hazards due to the possible contamination of farm products from use of chemical fertilizers have immensely contributed to the revival of this form of forming.
The conventional agricultural not only destroyed the soil living organisms but also deteriorated soil fertility resulting in less increase in production against the quantity of input supply. This lead to focused and well directed development of organic agriculture in Tamil Nadu.
Government of Tamil Nadu has created a separate Department of Organic Certification in the month of May 2007 for the purpose of inspection and Certification in the state is carried out in accordance with National Programme for Organic production launched by the government of India in the year 2000 and notified in October 2001 under the Forign Trade and Development act.
The Tamil Nadu Organic Certification Department function under the control of the Director of Seed Certification and its headquarters is based at Coimbatore. The Organic farms where synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, plant growth regulaters, livestock feed additives and genetically modified organisms are not used are registered under Organic Certification.
Apart from carrying out inspection and certification work, the Department of Organic Certification have developed Quality manual, operating manual and manual on general standards on par with ISO 65 standards. Actions have been initiated to obtain accreditation from APEDA (Agriculture and Processed Food products Exports Development Authority) New Delhi, the Ministry of Commerce and industry, Government of India. The Department of Organic Certification also imparts training to registered organic farmers on standards and procedures to be followed to obtain necessary certification.
The registration fee for farmers or farmer units who wished to go for certification is Rs.5, 000, while for corporate bodies, it will be Rs.25, 000.
Seed certification Charges
|Producer/crop registration fees||Rs. 25/crop/season/Asst. Director of Seed Certification area|
|Sowing reports registration fees||Rs. 40/acre|
|Paddy, Variety millets, Pulses, Oil seeds||Rs. 125/acre|
|Hybrid millets, Hybrid Sunflower, Vegetables, Variety Cotton||Rs. 65/acre|
|Hybrid cotton, Parental cotton, Hybrid castor, Hybrid vegetables||Rs. 175/acre|
|Field Inspection fees/acre|
|Groundnut, gingelly, sunflower, blackgram, cowpea, green gram, lab lab, bengalgram, castor||Rs 50/-|
|Paddy, sorghum variety, cumbu variety, ragi, samai||Rs. 60/-|
|Maize variety||Rs. 70/-|
|Rice hybrid, sorghum hybrid, hybrid cumbu, sunflower hybrid, tomato variety, brinjal variety, bhendi variety, chillies, greens, snake gourd, cluster bean, French beans.||Rs. 130/-|
|Genetic purity testing charges||Rs. 200/Lot|
|Seed Testing Charges||Rs. 20/Lot|
|Validation charges||Rs. 30/Quintal|
|Seed processing Unit new license fees||Rs. 250/annum|
|Seed processing Unit license renewal fees||Rs. 150/annum|
|Seed selling license fees||Rs. 50/3 years|
|Renewal fees for seed selling license||Rs. 20/-next 3 years|
|Fees for labels|
|White||Rs. 3/-+11% tax|
|Blue||Rs. 2/-+11% tax|
- Application Forms http://agritech.tnau.ac.in/seed_certification/%E0%AE%B5%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%A4%E0%AF%88%E0%AE%AA%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%AA%E0%AF%81%20%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%9F%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%B5%E0%AE%AE%E0%AF%8D.pdf
- Manual on Seed Production and Certification http://agritech.tnau.ac.in/seed_certification/pdf/A%20Manual%20on%20Seed%20Production%20and%20Certification.pdf