The concept of Seed Certification was known in India even before Independence. In early Sixties, Seed Certification principles were vague till 1957 and began to take shape in a systematic manner after launching of Integrated Maize Seed programme in the country which was followed by establishment of National Seeds Corporation in 1963. The Indian Seeds Act Bill was passed by Parliament in 1966. In 1967, Seed Scrutiny Committee was constituted when only a part of Seed's Act 1966 was introduced & was effective, in 1968, while remaining part of the Act was implemented in 1969. First Indian Minimum Seed Certification Standards was published in 1969. The National Seed Project was launched in the country to strengthen the production of good quality seed. During phase I independent Seed Corporations & Seed Certification Agencies were constituted in some states. The year 1977 (in phase II) was a milestone in Seed Industry for Rajasthan State, as the State Seed Certification Agency was constituted as an autonomous body.
The Rajasthan State Seed Certification Agency (RSSCA) was registered under Rajasthan Societies Registration Act, 1958 and started functioning in 1977, with well-defined objectives under the provision of section 8 of the Seeds Act, 1966. Change in the name of Rajasthan State Seed Certification Agency to Rajasthan State Seed and Organic Production Certification Agency was done on 15th October 2004 vide Certificate of Registration issued by the Rajasthan Societies Registration Act, 1958 and further notification to this effect was also issued by the State Govt. vide no. 12(9)Agri/Gr.I/05-06/Input/dated 24 August 2005 with the additional responsibilities of Organic Certification from the State Govt. Further the name of Agency has changed as RSSOCA (Rajasthan State Seed and Organic Certification Agency) from RSSOCA on 31st May 2018 vide notification no. F2()9Gr.i/input/05-06 date 17/07/2018. The activities of RSSOCA have been increasing steadily over the years in view of the active involvement of Private Sector Companies apart from the Public Sector Institutions and Departments in the production of quality seed.
RSSOCA has a Governing Board headed by the Pr. Secretary Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan as its Chairman and Director/commissioner Agriculture, Director Horticulture, Director (Research), SK RAU Bikaner, Director (Research) M.P.-M.P.U.A.T. Udaipur, Dy, Secretary (Finance), Two to four seed growers representatives by the Government, Dy Commissioner (Qc), Government of India as members on the Board. The Director, RSSOCA is the Chief executive officer and member secretary of the Board. The Agency has its Head Office at Jaipur and Regional offices at Jaipur, Kota, Sriganganagar, Suratgarh, Banswara & Bharatpur headed by Seed Certification Officers. There are 8 sub-regional offices in the state located at Jodhpur, Hanumangarh, Chittorgarh, Alwar, Pilibangan, Kherli, Gharsana & Ajmer headed by Dy. Seed Certification Officers. The Agency has a total of sanctioned staff strength of 168 members working in various technical & non-technical cadres.
Rajasthan Organic Certification Agency (RSOCA) is an integral part of Rajasthan State Seed & Organic Certification Agency (RSSOCA). This is an autonomous organization registered under Rajasthan Societies Registration Act 1958. RSOCA has been accredited by the Agricultural and Processed Food Product Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, New Delhi, Vide No. NPOP/NAB/0013, Dated 10th October, 2007. It functions under the State Government as per the National Programme of Organic Production (NPOP). RSOCA has been accredited for carrying out organic certification as per NOP-USDA Standards since July 2015. Earlier the Agency’s name was registered as ROCA (Rajasthan Organic Certification Agency) which was later changed as RSOCA (Rajasthan State Organic Certification Agency) on 17/07/2018.