Indian Foundation Seed and Services Association (IFSSA) is a "Non-Profit Organization " registered under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956. IFSSA will be initially supported by the Barwale Foundation formerly known as Mahyco Research Foundation. IFSSA has been conceptualized by visionaries like Dr. B.R. Barwale and Dr. Wayne H. Freeman for bridging public sector crop research, private seedsmen and Indian farming communities. IFSSA multiplies the foundation seed (seeds of parental lines) of promising hybrids developed by public sector and make available good quality seeds of public bred varieties/hybrids to those seedsmen, who could produce commercial hybrid seed and distribute to the farmers. IFSSA wishes to work on broader collaborative and co-operative associations with NARS institutions , private seed agencies, seed producers and farmers. Initially, IFSSA's thrust will be on enhancing the adoption and spread of hybrid rice in the country, which would help escalating the rice productivity and national grain depositories. Later, depending upon the interest of the seedsmen, IFSSA will facilitate its' services to the other crops also. We have already entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
Owing to strong and multidisciplinary research potentialities of Indian NARS and private seed agencies, several promising hybrid rice varieties have been developed. It has been found imperative that apt public-private partnership would help multiplication and distribution of the highest purity foundation seed and quality F1 seeds. To accomplish this target, IFSSA has been perceiving and sorting strategies to develop public-private partnerships for organizing the production of foundation seed stocks and in addition, offering novel varietal identification and seed quality assurance services.