SEED ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

Administration of the Act

2. Director-General of Agriculture to be incharge of the administration of the Act.

3. Authorised officers.

PART II

Establishment of the National Seed Council

4. Establishment of the National Seed Council.

5. Term of office of members.

6. Functions of the Council.

7. Powers of the Council.

PART III

Registration Procedure

8. Registration of seed handlers.

9. Renewal of registration.

10. Cancellation of registration.

PART IV

Procedure

11. Entry for purpose of inspection on premises.

12. Director-General or authorised officer or person assisting them not to be deemed trespasser by reason of entry.

13. Power of the Director General or authorised officer to carry our measures or execute work and recover the expenses thereof.

PART V

Seed Certification Service

14. Seed Certification Service.

PART VI

Appeals

15. Appeals.

PART VII

Offences and Penalties

16. Offences.

17. Offences committed by a body of person.

18. Regulations.

19. Rules.

20. Application of the Act.

21. Sinhala text to prevail in the case of inconsistency.

22. Interpretation.

22 of 2003.

AN ACT to regulate the quality of seed and planting materials; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 30th July, 2003]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Seed Act.

PART I

Administration of the Act

2. Director-General of Agriculture to be incharge of the administration of the Act.

The Director-General of Agriculture (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the "Director-General”) shall be incharge of general administration of this Act and shall discharge the functions assigned to him by this Act.

3. Authorised officers.

The Director-General shall designate such officers of the Department of Agriculture as may be necessary for the purposes of assisting him in carrying out or giving effect to the provisions of this Act. The officers so designated are hereinafter referred to as "authorised officers”.

PART II

Establishment of the National
Seed Council

4. Establishment of the National Seed Council.

(1) There shall be established a National Seed Council (hereinafter referred to as the "Council”) for the purposes of this Act.

(2) The Council shall consist of—

(a) The following ex-officio members, namely—

(i) The Secretary;

(ii) The Director-General;

(iii) The Director in charge of Seed Certification in the Department of Agriculture (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the "Director”);

(iv) The Executive Director of the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy;

(v) the Director-General of the Sri Lanka Standards Institution established by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution Act, No. 6 of 1984; and

(b) Not more, than four members appointed by the Minister from among seed producers, seed users and seed importers (hereinafter referred to as the "appointed members”). However two of such persons shall be appointed to represent the farming community who are seed users.

(3) The Secretary shall be the Chairman of the Council.

5. Term of office of members.

(1) Every appointed member shall, unless he resigns or is removed from, or otherwise vacates office hold office for a period of three years.

(2) An appointed member may at any time resign his office by a letter to that effect addressed to the Minister and such resignation shall take effect upon it being accepted by the Minister.

(3) Where any appointed member is temporarily unable to discharge the functions of his office on account of ill health, absence from Sri Lanka or any other cause, the Minister may appoint some other person to act in his place.

(4) The Minister may, remove any appointed member from office for reasons assigned, and thereupon that member shall be deemed to have vacated his office.

(5) Where an appointed member vacates office by resignation, removal or otherwise, the Minister may appoint another person in his place and the person so appointed may hold office for the unexpired period of the term of office of the member whom he succeeds.

(6) An appointed member vacating office by effluxion of time shall be eligible for re-appointment.

(7) The members of the Council may be paid such remuneration as the Minister may determine in consultation with the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance.

(8) Subject to the other provisions of this Act and any regulation made thereunder, the Council may regulate the procedure in regard to its meetings and the transaction of business at such meetings.

6. Functions of the Council.

Subject to the provisions of this Act, the functions of the Council shall be

(a) to establish guidelines and principles to ensure production
and distribution of seed and planting materials of the highest quality;

(b) to undertake periodic review of the progress of seed and planting materials production;

(c) to advise the Minister and other relevant authorities on all Matters regarding the production of quality seed and planting materials and the supplying of seed and planting materials to farmers;

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