Seed Certification - Organic Certification

By TamilNadu Agricultural University on 24 Feb 2019 | read

                                          ORGANIC CERTIFICATION

Organic Agriculture

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.

Organic Certification

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 feesRs. 25/crop/season/Asst. Director of Seed Certification area
Sowing reports registration feesRs. 40/acre
Paddy, Variety millets, Pulses, Oil seedsRs. 125/acre
Hybrid millets, Hybrid Sunflower, Vegetables, Variety CottonRs. 65/acre
Hybrid cotton, Parental cotton, Hybrid castor, Hybrid vegetablesRs. 175/acre
Field Inspection fees/acre 
Groundnut, gingelly, sunflower, blackgram, cowpea, green gram, lab lab, bengalgram, castorRs 50/-
Paddy, sorghum variety, cumbu variety, ragi, samaiRs. 60/-
Maize varietyRs. 70/-
Cotton varietyRs.80
Rice hybrid, sorghum hybrid, hybrid cumbu, sunflower hybrid, tomato variety, brinjal variety, bhendi variety, chillies, greens, snake gourd, cluster bean, French beans.Rs. 130/-
Hybrid maize, 
Genetic purity testing chargesRs. 200/Lot
Seed Testing ChargesRs. 20/Lot
Validation chargesRs. 30/Quintal
Seed processing Unit new license feesRs. 250/annum
Seed processing Unit license renewal feesRs. 150/annum
Seed selling license feesRs. 50/3 years
Renewal fees for seed selling licenseRs. 20/-next 3 years
Fees for labels 
WhiteRs. 3/-+11% tax
BlueRs. 2/-+11% tax