Venue: “Silver Oak” India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
Date: 4th July, 2016
Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology is conducting a Stakeholder Meet on “National Certification System for Tissue Culture Raised Plants” (NCS-TCP)on July 04, 2016 at “Silver Oak” Habitat World, at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi to create awareness among all the stakeholders’ particularly key officials from Centre and State Government’s Agriculture and Horticulture Departments. The Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) is assisting DBT in implementing the NCS-TCP as the Management Cell and organizing the event.
Government of India has established the “National Certification System for Tissue Culture Raised Plants(NCS-TCP) ” authorizing Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology as the Certification Agency vide the Gazette Notification dated 10th March 2006 under the “Seeds Act, 1966” for ensuring production and distribution of quality tissue culture planting materials.
The purpose of NCS-TCP is to ensure production and distribution of quality tissue culture planting materials. NCS-TCP is a unique quality management system, first of its kind in the world, which ensures recognition of Tissue Culture Production Facility for the production of quality planting material and certification of end products.
NCS-TCP has made significant impact in the last one decade of its implementation. Currently, 96 companies are recognized and 5 test laboratories are accredited under this system. The recognized companies are eligible for getting their planting material certified from the Accredited Test Laboratories. So far, more than 70 million Tissue Culture plants have been certified through this system. In-spite of the programme not being mandatory for the tissue culture industry, within the short period of its implementation so far, more than 90% of tissue culture companies are part of the programme.
The purpose of Stakeholder Meet is interaction of the stakeholders namely Tissue Culture Industries, Farmers and Mission Directors of State Horticulture Mission/senior officials of Horticulture Department in the State’s dealing with tissue culture plants/quality planting material. This interaction is expected to identify the way forward towards realizing the full potential of this certification system, which in unique, dynamic and comprehensive in nature.