SCS Institutes

TP : +94 812 388217        E-Mail : scs@doa.gov.lk

Institutes

SCS Head Quarters

The SCS opted for a de-centralized organization. At the head office in Gannoruwa ,the central administration can be found. In close collaboration with the other divisions of the Department of the Agriculture, inspections regulations are issued for Sri Lanka as a whole. Actual inspection, drawing of samples, seed testing etc. are done through the regional officers and seed testing laboratories. Total number of SCS Staff is about 491.

Field Inspectorate Section

Field inspections are the basis of seed certification procedure. The registration of the seed growers, (Government Farm, Contract farmers and private growers alike), inspection of the standing crop, using the set seed rules and standards, supervision of post-harvest operations with special attentions on quality control during machine processing and storage and representative sampling of seed lots for laboratory testing are the major responsibilities of the inspectors. For each region, housing, transport and office is made available. For these services a nominal fee will be charged.

After the seed lot has received the approval of the seed lab; it can be released. The SCS inspector or his assistant seal each and every seed container (e.g. gunny bag) and hang the official SCS label. Only bags which carry the SCS label and seal are guaranteed for the quality as mentioned in the seed rules.

Both labs carry out their tests according to ISTA (International Seed Testing Association) rules and regulations. Modern equipment is used and staff is trained abroad. A total of 24,000 Samples are tested per year.

Variety Section

This section of the SCS occupies itself mainly making an inventory and description of varieties of crops grown for seed in Sri Lanka. Their findings are published in the SCS handbook part 11 and include drawing of varieties and comparison tables with which the field inspectors can easily identify off-types in the field.
The main duties of this section are:
1. Breeder Seed Certification
2. DUS (Distinctness, Uniformity,Stability)Testing
3. Post control Testing

Above duties are enrolled of paddy, other field crops and vegetables.
Attended as resources persons for training and awareness programs and maintained the cold storage of the SCS are extra duties of this section.

The first seed health testing unit was established by the Seed Certification Service in March 2012 in Sri Lanka.

Perennial Crop Section
The SCS is certified grafted fruit plants belonging to the recommended varieties of department of agriculture.
This section occupies itself mainly
1. Registration of fruit plant nurseries.
2. selection and registration of mother plants
3. fruit plant labeling
4. Conducting awareness and training programs.

Data Management Section

This section accounted for collecting, processing, evaluation and keeping of data from the 24 regional units, 5 seed testing laboratories and 6 post control units situated in all around the island.

Training Division
SCS continued conduct training programs to enhance the knowledge of officers and seed handlers on production of quality seed sand planting materials.

Training Programs

 Identification of varieties
 Production of quality seed and planting materials
 Controlling pest and diseases
 Pruning and maintenance of mother plants
 Awareness programs for import and export seed handlers
 Seed testing
 Awareness programs of implementation of seed act

SL-GAP Certification Division

  • Sri Lanka Good Agriculture Practices (SL-GAP) Certification is for “Safe food and good health”
  • This SL GAP certificate covers all the good agricultural practices from planting to produce at farm gate.
  • SL-GAP Certification division mainly deals with
    • Final auditing /Technical Inspection of GAP Farms.
    • Awarding of SL-GAP Certificate for farms that meet the requirement of SL-GAP standard.
    • Conducting awareness program.
    • Preparation of new standard and relevant documents
  • Up to now SL-GAP certificate covers
    • Fruit & Vegetable (SLS 1523 part -1. 2016)
    • Rice (SLS 1523 part -2. 2019)

Aluththarama

OIC/Agriculture Instructor

Mr. W.P.S.K.Karunarathna

Seed Certification Service

Aluththarama

Tele/Fax  : +94 553 560104

Mobile: +94 718 114645

E mail: scsalureo@gmail.com

Bataatha

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Mr. K.A.Chaminada

Seed Certification Service

Bataatha

Tele/Fax  : +94 472 226039

Mobile: +94 718 079958

E mail: scsbatreo@gmail.com

Bibila

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Mr. H.M.G.Jayathissa

Seed Certification Service

Bibila

Tele/Fax  : +94 552 265706

Mobile: +94 712 656680

E mail: scsbibreo@gmail.com

Bathalagoda

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Mr. M.P.O.Piyadasa

Seed Certification Service

Bathalagoda

Tele/Fax  : +94 372 259241

Mobile: +94 718 099553

E mail: scsbgdreo@gmail.com

Batticoloa

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Mr. R.Raguwaran

Seed Certification Service

Batticoloa

Mobile: +94 772 473675

E mail: scsbcoreo@gmail.com

Colombo

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Mrs. B.V.P.N. Benaragama

Seed Certification Service

Colombo

Tele/Fax  : +94 112 081176

Mobile: +94 718 467487

E mail: scscmbreo@gmail.com

Hingurakgoda

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Mr A.M.G. Cyril

Seed Certification Service

Hingurakgoda

Tele/Fax  : +94 272 246319

Mobile: +94 718 413501

E mail: scshinreo@gmail.com

Jaffna

OIC/AMO

Mr. A. Ramanitharan

Seed Certification Service

Jaffna

Tele/Fax  : +94 212 227502

Mobile: +94 777 781110

E mail: maramanitharan@yahoo.com

Kanthale

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Mr.Prasad Edirisingha

Seed Certification Service

Kanthale

Mobile: +94 718 190011

Tele/Fax  : +94 26 2234314

E mail: scskanreo@gmail.com

Kundasale

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Mr. D.M.D.Dasanayaka

Seed Certification Service

Kundasale

Tele/Fax  : +94 812 422142

Mobile: +94 718 016807

E mail: scskunreo@gmail.com

Labuduwa

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Mr. Buddika Wasntha

Seed Certification Service

Labuduwa

Tele/Fax  : +94 912 243051

Mobile: +94 714 160715

E mail: scslbdreo@gmail.com

Ampara

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Mr.I.D.D.P.K.Parera

Seed Certification Service

Ampara

Tele/Fax  : +94 632 223870

Mobile: +94 773 658454

E mail: scsmalreo@gmail.com

Nikaweratiya

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Mr. B.T.C.Rohan Jayarathna

Seed Certification Service

Nikaweratiya

Tele/Fax  : +94 372 260309

Mobile: +94 714 460733

E mail:scsnik@stlnet.lk

Palmadulla

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Mr.V.P.P.Abeyrathna

Seed Certification Service

Palmadulla

Tele/Fax  : +94 452 274163

Mobile: +94 718 151417

E mail: scspalreo@gmail.com

Palvehera

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Ms.C. Wasanthi Gunasekara

Seed Certification Service

Palvehera

Tele/Fax  : +94 662 284138

Mobile: +94 714 001428

E mail: scspelreo@gmail.com

Polonnaruwa

OIC/ Agriculture Instructor

Mr.W.M.S.R. Weesingha

Seed Certification Service

Polonnaruwa

Tele/Fax  : +94 272 222119

Mobile: +94 712 177606

E mail: scspolreo@gmail.com

 

Seethaeliya

OIC/PA

Mr. W.M.R.B. Wijesekara

Seed Certification Service

Seethaeliya

Tele/Fax  : +94 522 222867

Mobile: +94 714 495438

E mail: scssiereo@gmail.com

Mathugama

OIC / Agriculture Instructor

Mr. J.K. Pagodaarachi

Seed Certification Service

Mathugama

Mobile: +94 718 050282

Tel/Fax: +94 272 222119

Vauniya

OIC / Agriculture Instructor

Mr. J.K. Pagodaarachi

Seed Certification Service

Vauniya

Mobile: +94 718 050282

Tel/Fax: +94 272 222119

Paranthan

OIC/ADA

Seed Certification Service 

Paranthan

Tele/Fax: +94 212 280270

Mobile: +94 775 289551

Email:dhanaranjani17@gmail.com

Karadiyanaru

OIC

Mr. R. Raguwaran

Seed Certification Service

Karadiyanaru

Mobile: +94 771 178335

Email:

Mahailuppallama

OIC

Mr. B.C.M.A.Gamage

Seed Certification Service

Mahailuppallama

Mobile: +94 714 495417

Email:

Matara

OIC/Agriculture Instructor

Mr. R.K.A. Rathnakumara

Seed Certification Service

Matara

Mobile: +94 718 149561

Email:

Rikiligaskada

OIC/Agriculture Instructor

Mr. R.K.A. Rathnakumara

Seed Certification Service

Rikiligaskada

Mobile: +94 718 149561

Email:

Aluttarama

 

OIC/Assitant  Director (Development)

Mr. Janaka Samarasingha

Seed Testing Laboratory

Peradeniya

Tele/Fax  : +94 553 590289

Mobile: +94 788 761917

E mail: scsalustl@gmail.com

Bataata

 

OIC/Assitant  Director (Development)

Mrs.N.D. Vitharane

Seed Testing Laboratory

Bataatha

Tele/Fax  : +94 473 489280

Mobile: +94 717 325635

E mail: scsbatstl@gmail.com

Peradeniya

 

OIC/Assitant  Director (Development)

Mr. Janaka Samarasingha

Seed Testing Laboratory

Aluththarama

Tele/Fax  : +94 553 590289

Mobile: +94 788 761917

E mail: scsalustl@gmail.com

 

Mahailuppallama

 

Assitant Director (Development)

Mr, W.A.S.Wijitha Kumara

Seed Testing Laboratory

Mahailuppallama

Tele/Fax  : +94 252 249135

Mobile: +94 759 749196

E mail: scsmilstl@gmail.com

 

Paranthan

 

Assitant Director (Development)

Mr S.Selvakumar

Seed Certification Service

Paranthan

Sri Lanka

Tele :

Mobile: +94 775 289551

E- mail : dhanaranjani17@gmail.com

After certification all accepted lots belonging to the registered seed class or of a higher generation are sampled for post control exercises. This sample is grown out on one of the SCS trial fields. During the growing season they are assessed and the information is passed on to the field inspectorate. The certified and standard seed lots are sampled and planted out on an at random base. The results are used for the internal checking of the SCS inspection and testing service.

 

 

About 90% of all food crops in the world are propagated by seeds. They are also passive carriers of plant pathogens such as fungi, bacteria, viruses, and nematodes.
Infested seed is a major source of primary inoculums, and an important source of short and long distance disease dissemination. Seed borne diseases carry over the infection across seasons and cause poor stand, high production cost, low germination and low vigor. The seed borne pathogen not only affect the market value of the produce but also adversely after the nutritive valve, storability and production of toxic substances which is toxic for human being and animals. Therefore healthy and pathogen free seeds are required for cultivation.
Dissemination of seed borne disease in the country can be prevented in two ways. Thereare use of disease free seeds   and free treatments to elimination pathogens.  It is important to have seed health testing program in the country for identification of disease free seeds for cultivation. seed health testing program also important to provide quality seeds for farmers,  minimize the spread of the plant diseases  in the county contributing towards increasing the  amount of food available  for consumption, improved livelihood of farmers, access for better export market  a with phytosanitory Certificate ultimately it will stronger the national economy.
 

                                                                                                          

Additional Director (Seed Certification Service)

 Dr. M.G.D.L. Priyantha

 Seed Health Testing and Research Unit

 Gannoruwa

 Mobile: +94 718 098366

 E mail: lakmiashraff@yahoo.com