The ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre on Friday stated that spurious rice seeds in the name of popular varieties of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) such as RC Maniphou-7, RC Maniphou-12, RC Maniphou-13 have been sold or supplied in the state without proper seed certification.
ICAR Manipur Centre is concerned over reports and evidence of sale and supply of spurious seeds and therefore, it has been decided to control such ill practices in the interest of farmers, stated a circular signed by joint director of ICAR I Meghachandra Singh.
It stated that such sale and supply is also against the provisions under the Seeds Act, 1966, and loss end to the users. From 2021-22 Kharif onwards, all the seed production of ICAR varieties have to be from a known seed source (ICAR) under the provisions of the Seeds Act, it added.
The seeds have to be certified compulsorily with the seed source certificate being provided for the purpose. Hence, ICAR will not be responsible if the seeds produced without certification with proper seed source are being used or sold, it added.
The circular further stated that all the seed producers of ICAR varieties for the current season have to enter a memorandum of agreement as usual with strict compliance and that all the seed production plots would be subjected to seed inspection as per the seed certification.
Non-compliance of the same may invite necessary action and penalty as per the provisions under the laws applicable, the circular added.
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