Telangana International Seed Testing Authority (TISTA)
The new laboratory Telangana International Seed Testing Authority (TISTA) is constructed in an area of 1530.51 sq. yards with 14652 sq.ft plinth area in two floors (Ground floor and first floor) with well-equipped state of art facilities and it is the largest public sector seed testing laboratory in the country. The laboratory is facilitating seed testing for physical purity, genetic purity, moisture, germination, viability, vigor and seed health tests.
About Us

The Seed Testing Laboratory, TSSOCA, was established in Rajendranagar during the year 1989 and is notified by the Govt. of India with a capacity of the Laboratory of 40,000 No’s Seed samples per annum.

The work of the seed testing laboratory is organized under the active guidance of the Director, TSSOCA. The laboratory is supervised by the Assistant Director of Seed Certification (Quality Control) / Quality Manager wherein seed and seed testing works are carried out by Seed Certification Officers/ Seed Analysts with the assistance of lab assistants. Specific responsibilities are laid out on seed analysts in the laboratory who have good proficiency skills with higher competence levels maintaining the quality of seed testing analysis. Laboratory attendants and adequate secretarial assistance is also provided.

The laboratory is analyzing around 30000 seed samples annually that include certified and service seed samples. The tests viz., Physical Purity, Other Distinguishable Varieties, Germination and Moisture are being conducted.

ISTA Accreditation process

The Seed Testing Laboratory of TSSOCA has become an ISTA member laboratory during the year 2016 and has been participating in the proficiency test rounds from the year 2018 onwards.

In view of qualification in the proficiency test rounds, the laboratory has submitted the quality documentation consisting of Quality manual, SOPs (System, Technical & Testing), work Instructions to the ISTA. After careful examination of the documentation of our laboratory, ISTA has intimated that the audit will be conducted.

Accordingly, audit was conducted by ISTA during the month of October 2021 through virtual mode due to international travel restriction in view of the ongoing pandemic. The auditors were from Switzerland (System) and Israel (Technical) who were well knowledgeable and experienced in their respective aspects. The audit was performed on three days (05 - 07 October, 2021) and as per the audit report, the corrective actions were carried out by the laboratory. After executing all necessary corrective actions, the ISTA has accredited our laboratory for carrying outseed sampling, physical purity analysis, other seed determination germination and moisture determination for cereals, pulses, vegetables, spices, herbs and medicinal species.

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TISTA

The new laboratory Telangana International Seed Testing Authority (TISTA) is constructed in an area of 1530.51 sq. yards with 14652 sq.ft plinth area in two floors (Ground floor and first floor) with well-equipped state of art facilities and it is the largest public sector seed testing laboratory in the country. The laboratory is facilitating seed testing for physical purity, genetic purity, moisture, germination, viability, vigor and seed health tests.

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The Seed Testing Laboratory is committed to conduct the seed testing analysis systematically as per the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) rules and procedures facilitating the seed producers / farmers to sell their produce both in domestic and international market. The laboratory is working with a proactive, customer sensitive responsive approach through technological up gradation, knowledge sharing, and proficiency enhancement by maintaining a conducive work culture.