The Govt. of India, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Krishi bhawan, New Delhi has started the National Seed Research and Training Centre (NSRTC), Varanasi during October 2005. The NSRTC is situated under greater periphery of the Holy city Varanasi, which is located 5 Km away from heart of city towards south-west on Varanasi-Allahabad G.T. Road, Collectryfarm , surrounded by Banaras Hindu University (8 km), Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (20 km) and well linked by Air, Train and Road.
IIn order to fulfill the objectives the excellent facilities have been established at NSRTC with total area of nearly 15,000 sq. meters along with an exclusive 10 acres farm areas including green house for conducting field experiments & grow out tests in off season.
The prime objective of establishment of NSRTC is to have a separate National Seed Quality Control Laboratory, which serves as a Central Seed Testing Laboratory (CSTL) w.e.f. 1st April, 2007 by Gazette Notification No. REGD.NO. D.L-33004/99 dated: 8th March, 2007.
CSTL is maintaining the uniformity in seed testing result among all State Seed Testing Laboratories at the national level. It acts as referral Laboratory for court referred seed samples and also a member laboratory of International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Switzerland. In addition, CSTL monitor the market seeds through purchasing the samples from various seed selling points and its testing.
Further, NSRTC organizes the National trainings, workshops & Congress for the benefit of personnel who are involved in Seed Development and Quality control programme and stakeholders of seed Industry for updating their Knowledge and skills.