The CRSMF of Burdwan University is sprawling Crop Research Farm covering 10.5 hectares of cultivated land
situated in Tarabag Campus of the University established by famous geneticist and plant breeder Professor
Param Nath Bhaduri FNA in the year 1965.
Jai Prakash Keshri
Department of Crop Research and Seed Multiplication Farm The University of Burdwan Golapbag, Bardhaman - 713104 West Bengal, INDIA. +091-342-2656566, 2656549, 2558554 Extn.421
To promote the research activities related to cereals, oils seeds, pulses and
To produce high quality seeds of cereals, oil seeds, pulses and vegetables.
To provide technical assistance, guidance and advice to the local farmers regarding package and
practices, proper harvest and post-harvest technology of cereal, pulse, oils and vegetables seed
multiplication in light of current development in agricultural scenario. For this purpose CRSMF
organizes periodic seminars and workshops. A seminar on “Aromatic & Traditional Rice” was arranged
on 2nd January, 2017. In collaboration with CPRI, Shimla a workshop was organized on 16th
January, 2018 in the gracious presence of Dr. Asis Banerjee Minister in Charge, Department of
Agriculture, Government of West Bengal.
To develop cost-effective alternate farming system as well as crop nutrient management package
through holistic approach.
Adoption of crop diversification technology for sustaining food security.
To promote the use of Biofertlizers such as vermicompost, biocompost, Azolla, Blue Green Algae
and ecofriendly fertilizers.
To promote the use of bio-pesticides and eco-friendly pesticides.
To provide organic vegetables and sweet corn to different communities.
To conserve the germplasm of traditional rice-varieties and Mango
A germplasm conservatory of Mango has already been set up (Amra Kanan) in addition to seed
multiplication programme of Potato:
Paddy Germplasm Conservation
Besides promoting high yielding varieties of paddy to cater the economic need of the farmers
we have started conservation, multiplication and promotion programme for traditional and aromatic
varieties in view of the soil quality, soil health and eco-friendly farming system.
Awareness programmes and research activities have been raised by CRSMF in collaboration of different
Government agencies, research institutes and researchers in our university. The main objective of the
germplasm conservation of traditional varieties is to restore the valuable gene pool of paddy to
develop future high yielding and eco-friendly varieties. Presently we are producing over 35 varieties
of high yielding and traditional varieties of paddy seeds: Traditional varieties: Sitasal, Dudheswar, Kalamkati, Dadsal, Soru-nagra, Banskati,
Kabiraj Sal, Kalo Nunia, Gandheswari, Champa-khusi, Kanak chur, Tusli mukul, Radha tilak, Black rice,
Kerala-sudari, PNR-546, PNR-519 and Tarai basmati etc. Aromatic varieties: Sita-bhog, Gobindo-bhog, Badsa-bhog, Gopal- Bhog, Katari Bhog,
Tulsi-Bhog, Tulai-panji, Krishna-bhog, Jamainadu, and Randhuni-pagol.
Mango Germplasm Conservation
We have established a germplasm conservatory of “Mango”.
In the mango conservatory we already have introduced following 50 varieties of Mango: ALFANSO,
AMAN DASEHRI, AMRAPALI, ANARAS, BERA, BIMLI, BHASTARA, BIMLI, BISWANATH, BLACK MANGO, BOMBAI,
CHAMPA, CHANDAN KHOSA, CHATTERJEE, CHAUSA, DASEHRI, GOLAPKHAS, HAPUS, HIMSAGAR, JARDALU, JHARJHARI,
KALAPAHAR, KATAMISTI, KESAR, KG MANGO, KISANBHOG, KOHITUR, LANGRA, MAHARAJ, MALLIKA,
MEGH LONTHON, MICHHIRDANA, MOHANBHOG, MOLAMJAM, MOTICHUR, NEELAM, PALMAR, PIYARAPHULI,
PUSA-SURYA, PUSA-ARUNIMA, RANI, RATNA, SADULLA, SAFEDA, SARIKHAS, SWEET MANGO,
THAI-DWARF, THAI-LONG, SUBARNAREKHA, etc.
Potato Seed Multiplication
We have started producing foundation seeds of Kufri Jyoti since 2014 under MoU with ICAR-CPRI,
Shimla. Presently Foundation seeds of Kufri Jyoti, Kufri Chandramukhi, and Kufri Himalini are
available for growers and farmers of West Bengal and adjoining reagions
Seed Certification Programme
Breeders and Foundation seeds are collected as per availability in each year since 2003 and also
as per allotment made by the Government. The officials of CRSMF regularly visit – OUAT (Bhubaneswar),
CRRI (Cuttuck) Acharya N.G. Rang University (Andhra Pradesh), G.B. Pant University (Uttaranchal),
Indira Gandhi Agricultural University (Chhattisgarh), Central Potato Research Station (Jalandhar, Punjab)
and Pulse & Oils seed Research Station, (Behrampur, West Bengal) to collect Breeders’ Seeds for
Horticulture and Floriculture
We have a very good collection of ornamental and garden plants that includes palms, roses,
tuberose, Chrysanthemum, Lilium and Gladiolus etc. The orchard contains huge collection of
fruit plants that are well maintained for the academic purpose and disbursement to different
departments including local academic institutions. The objective is beautification, research,
delight, educate and to inspire students towards plants.
We have developed a very good nursery for fruits, vegetables, flowering & forest trees and
plantation crops. The plants are planted to different parts of the university, donated to esteemed
organizations, schools, colleges and are sold to the public for revenue generation. The main
motto is to create interest to the students and general public for plants.
Santa Cruz Lily or Giant Water Lily
Recently we have introduced Santa Cruz water lily (Victoria cruzianaA. D. Orb.) to CRSMF.
It is a water lily native to subtropical South America, where it is found in Argentina, Paraguay and
Bolivia. The genus Victoria was named in honour of the UK’s Queen Victoria (1819–1901). The specific
epithet cruziana was given in honour of Andrés de Santa Cruz (1792–1865), President of Peru and
Bolivia, who sponsored an expedition to Bolivia in which the first specimens of this species were
collected. It was planted on 19th May 2016 at CRSMF with the efforts of the authorities of
Botanical Survey of India & The University of Burdwan under MoU. The leaves of the plant attain
over 2 metres in diameter. The leaves may hold up to 75 kg of weight. Flowers are creamy white at
anthesis and become pink in the evening.
Our Farm provides opportunity to carry our researchers in following lines:
Field trials and experimentation.
Evaluation of best varieties of different crops in relation to yield and yield attributes.
Evaluation and experimentation in relation to land races of traditional varieties.
Host parasite relationship.
The Farm is interested to produce high quality potato and onion seeds.
The Farm is plans to set up one state-of-art seed and soil testing laboratory.
To maintain the germplasm of traditional rice-varieties and promote their cultivation to the farmers.
To set up a germplasm bank and conservatory in collaboration with ICAR and State Department of Agriculture,
Govt. of West Bengal.
Soil testing facilities for the farmers.
The farm is interested to make such demonstration plots those are included in land shaping technology
e.g Farm pond technology, Ridge and furrow technology for integrated farming system.
We have submitted proposal for research and training centre, establishment of shade net nursery and
eco-friendly fertilizer production.
The University of Burdwan
Rajbati, Bardhaman - 713 104, West Bengal, India
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