Agriculture Department,

Uttar Pradesh

Pardarshi Kisan Seva Yojna,

Kisan ka Adhikar Kisan ke Dwaar

Seed

THE SEEDS ACT, 1966

(ACT NO. 54 OF 1966)

[ 29th December, 1966 ]

An Act to provide for regulating the quality of certain seeds for sale, and for matters connected therewith

1. Short title, extent and commencement

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Seventeenth Year of the Republic of India as follows :-

  • This Act may be called the Seeds Act, 1966.
  • It extends to the whole of India.
  • It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint, and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act, and for different States or for different areas thereof.

2. Definitions :-

2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,

  • “Agriculture” includes horticulture;
  • “Central Seed Laboratory” means the Central Seed laboratory established or declared as such under sub-section (I) of section 4;
  • “Certification agency” means the certification agency established
  • “Committee” means the Central Seed Committee constituted under sub-section (I) of section 3;
  • “Container” means a box, bottle, casket, tin, barrel, case, receptacle, sack, bag, wrapper or other thing in which any article or thing is placed or packed;
  • “Export” means taking ourt of India to a place outside India;
  • “Import” means bringing into India from a place outside India;
  • “Kind” means one or more related species or sub-species of crop plants each individually or collectively known by one common name such as cabbage, maize, paddy and wheat;
  • “Notified kind or variety”, in relation to any seed, means any kind or variety thereof notified under Section 5;
  • “Prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this act;
  • “Seed” means any of the following classes of seeds used for sowing or planting-
    • Seeds of food crops including edible oil seeds and seeds of fruits and vegetables;
    • Cotton seeds;
    • Seeds of cattle fodder;

    And includes seedlings, and rubbers, bulbs, rhizomes, roots, cuttings, all types of grafts and other vegetatively propagated material, of food crops or cattle fodder;

  • “Seed Analyst” means a Seed Analyst appointed under section 12;
  • “Seed Inspector” means a Seed Inspector appointed under section 13;
  • “State Government”, in relation to a Union territory, means the administrator thereof;
  • “State Seed Laboratory”, in relation to any State, means the State Seed Laboratory established or declared as such under sub-section (2) of section 4 for that State; and
  • “Variety” means a sub-division of a kind identifiable by growth, yield, plant, fruit, seed, or other characteristic.