Department of Agriculture
Ministry of Agriculture
Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute (HARTI)
Institute of Post Harvest Technology (IPHT)
International Rice Reserch Institute (IRRI)
The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC)
International Crop Reseach Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
The seed certification service (SCS) of the department of Agriculture was formally established in 1979 with the assistance of the Netherland Government Aid program.
SCS which belongs to the directorate of Seed certification and plant protection performs regulatory functions pertaining to assuring the quality of seeds and planting materials available to farmers.
Seed quality control system is being conducted by Seed Certification Service with;
Seed sampling and testing
Post control testing
Variety identification and certification
Perennial fruit crop certification
Implementation of seed act
Currently, it operates in all seed producing areas in 24 SCS regional units, 5 postcontrol fields, 4 seed testing laboratories and a seed health testing and seed research laboratory.
Central seed testing laboratory is a member of International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) and all the seed testing laboratories maintain therequirement of ISTA.