What is a seed treatment?

Seed treatment is the use of various formulations including physical, biological and chemical products applied through specific application methods to protect the seed against yield and quality reducing diseases and pests during storage and seedling development. By using treated seed, farmers no longer have to handle or prepare ag-remedies themselves, limiting the level of exposure to operators, end-users and the environment.

Labelling of treated seed

The South African National Seed Organization (SANSOR) is currently in discussion with Mr Thilivhali Nepfumbada, Technical Advisor to the Registrar of ‘Act 36 of 1947’ to review the labelling requirements of chemically treated seed. We were requested as an industry, together with the relevant chemical partners, to submit a template label containing the applicable wording and information that will accompany each bag of treated seed sold in SA. The relevancy to Globally Harmonized System (GHS) will also be explored. The GHS is a United nations chemical hazard classification system, of which SA is a member of.

The way forward:

SANSOR continuously works towards achieving uniformity in guidelines and regulations. The current guidelines for “Seed Treatment Registration Trials and Labelling of Treated Seed” (drawn up by SANSOR and AVCASA) enforced in September 1995, needs to be adhered to until new guidelines are agreed upon and published.

SANSOR and our members are working closely together with the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), the International Seed Federation (ISF) and CropLife South Africa (CLSA) to standardise labelling requirements in such a way that all role players are able to comply and ensure good stewardship.

Download the Guidelines for Seed Treatment and Registration Trials and for the Labelling of Treated Seed here