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High yielding Varieties program was launched in the mid-sixties, which created high demand for hybrid and high yielding varieties seeds. The government of India enforced the Act, 1966. and recommended the State government for settings up to seed certification Agency in the states.

As per provision Section-8 of seed Act,1966 the seed certification Agency was established in the year 1969 by Gujarat State Government as separate wing in the State department of Agriculture vide Notification No GKH-426-HYV-1269/2270-V dated 09-07-1969.

The question regarding status of the seed certification Agency was discussed at different forms like seed review Team (1968), All India Seed Certification Seminar (1970) and National Commission or Agriculture (1972). The recommendation that emerged out from the discussion had favored for giving independent and autonomous Status to the seed certification Agency and freedom from seed production, Marketing and Law enforcement.

In View of the recommendation, Government of India issue guidelines for memorandum of Association and rules for seed certification Agencies, suggesting their establishment under the Societies Registration Act-1860 circulated in 1972 to all state Governments.

The Gujarat Government after due consideration established the seed certification Agency as an independent autonomous body in 1980 vide Government of Gujarat Agriculture, Forest rural development department Resolution No. IST – 1179 – 88096-V (ii) dated 17th March 1980.

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