National Certification System for Tissue Culture
To identify the way forward to realize the full potential of this certification system which in unique, dynamic and comprehensive in nature, 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 interacted at a Stakeholder Meet on National Certification System for Tissue Culture Raised Plants (NCS-TCP).
To create awareness among all the Stakeholders particularly key Officials from Centre and State Government's Agriculture and Horticulture Departments, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology conducted the meeting.
In his keynote address, Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Shri. S. K. Pattanayak said that, India is doing very well in tissue culture research and that scientific institutions of international repute is now open for Indian scientists for new research. He underlined the need for fund for popularization of tissue culture from the Ministry of Agriculture.
Government of India 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.
In India the tissue culture Industry is growing at a rate of 15% per annum. 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.