Since last few years, the Corporation has been emphasizing on production of Horticulture plants such as Custard Apple, new varieties of mango, tissue cultured banana, citrus, litchi, Jack fruit (pink and red) Dragon Fruits, Mosambi, Pomegranates, papaya, Drumstick etc. The all type of seedlings has been raising of above crops by the WBCADC’s Projects and distributing to the farmers in the respective District for nutrients purpose to the poorest of the poor. The targeted Programme of WBCADC for the year 2019-20 is to develop the parent stock of the rare crops like Persemon, Mangosteen, Durian, Rambutam, Brunei King Mango, Thailand Baramasi Mango and Coconut, Dates (already Introduced),Avocado etc.
It is used specially for the production of off seasonal Exotic and local vegetables and raising of different kind of vegetables seedlings by this system any contamination from disease and pest can be controlled including judicious application of irrigation to the crops. So, not only the above, but also cultivation of organic vegetables through Poly and shed net house is played most vital role in question to safe the health hazards.
WBCADCalso Producing different kind of Medicinal Plant seedlings at the Project farm and SHG”s cluster level by maintaining pedigree for distributing the seedling to the respective District Farmerswith a view to extend long term financial benefit of the farmers as well as to meet up the requirement of various State Government Organizations. The list of crops are giving hereunder:-
1.Surbs:-Aswagandha,Sarpagandha,Kakmachi,Kalmegh,Gulancha,Gritakumari, Tulshi(alltype)Nayantara,Nishinda,Bamanhati,Golmorich,Bhuamla,Brihati,Bishalakhi, Bhringaraj,Olatkambal, Shankar Jata, Kalodhutura, Ayapan, Basak,Pipul, Anantamul,Stivia, Pudina, Kesut,
Arjun, Amlaki, Bahera, Harituki, Kurchi, Neem, parulBel, RaktaKanchan,Sonak,Asok etc.
Apart from Seed Multiplication and Horticultural Programmes, the diversification of agricultural activities in other way, the Corporation has been engaged in producing and supply of Gladiolus Bulb/ Tube Rose/ Zerbera/ Merigold under Floriculture Development Programme, production and marketing of Turmeric/Zinger supply of Neem based pesticides and forest seeds, construction of vermin compost units through SHGs and creation of marketing of the produce.
The Corporation has created a good impact on production of good quality seedlings, grafts and gooties of fruit bearing plants through Progeny Orchard spread over in different areas of the districts with the help of SHGs of the locality.
The WBCADC has been operating three Soil and Water Testing Laboratories at Deganga Project, Ranaghat-II Project and KVK, Sonamukhi since last 11 years. In addition to the previous 3 units, the Corporation has established another 15 units of soil and water testing laboratories in 14 projects. Ten Seed Processing Units which were running since last 5-6 years at Kaliyaganj/ Nalhati-1/Boinchi, Kalna-II/ Saharjore/A.Hills/Bagnan/Sonamukhi/ Haringhata Project and KVK, for processing of seeds under Seed Multiplication Programme. Besides, training of youths with agriculture background on different agriculture and allied activities under Apprenticeship Training Programme in collaboration with the Board of Practical Training, Eastern Region, Government of India have also been running since 2007-08. Regular training on skill development in agriculture activities are being conducted in all projects for rural youth and SHG members for dissemination of acquired knowledge for better yield and income.