Republic Act 7308, otherwise known as the Seed Industry Development Act was enforced in 1992. The Bureau of Plant Industry then had been in the forefront before a bill relevant to Seed industry was enacted and became a law. The Philippine Seed Board (PSB), more popularly known as PSB was the office responsible in the approval and registration of crop varieties. It is the Director of the Bureau of Plant Industry that directly supervises the activities of PSB. Until finally, through RA 7308, the National Seed Industry Council was created replacing PSB.
The National Seed Industry Council is responsible for registering superior crop varieties.
Duties, Powers and Functions:
The Council shall have the following duties, powers and functions:
- to formulate policies that will stimulate plant breeding activities for the development of the genetic resources of the country in accordance with the provisions of this Act;
- to encourage persons, associations, cooperatives and corporations engaged in genetic resources conservation, varietal development, production and processing, quality control, storage, marketing and distribution of seeds to adopt systems and practices which improve the quality of seeds for distribution to farmers;
- to promote the establishment of infrastructures and other support services in priority areas geared toward the development of the seed industry;
- to formulate a comprehensive medium and long-term national seed industry development program in order to achieve self-sufficiency in the supply of high quality seeds;
- to grant awards, subsidies and other forms of assistance to seed or plant breeders who develop or are developing outstanding varieties or cultivars;
- to formulate policies that will stimulate plant breeding activities; and
- to promulgate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this Act.