|In order to increase agricultural production, BADC is entrusted with production, processing and distribution of modern agricultural inputs and technology, Fertilizer and minor Irrigation activities support to the farmers through Govt. revenue & project.
Seed Production and Distribution activities:
Improved seed is the vital input for modern agriculture. BADC produces improved seeds of different crops in its own farms and through contract growers. After processing these seeds in the processing centers, BADC distributes it among the farmers. During the year 2007-2008, BADC distributed 47,316 M. Tons of paddy seed, 18,224 M. Tons of wheat seed, 12,218 M. Tons of seed potato, 509 M. Tons of pulse seed, 527 M. Tons of oil seed, 950 M. Tons of jute seed, 40 M. Tons of vegetables seed and 154 M. Tons of maize seed. A total of 79,938 M. Tons of different Seed were distributed among the farmers in the last year. To meet the demand of improved seed, BADC has fixed target for production 1,02,049 M. Tons of various types of quality seeds during the year 2008-2009.
Besides, in order to meet the growing demand for vegetables and fruits of the city dwellers, BADC is producing different types of vegetables and fruits in its 13 Agro-service centers and 9 Horticulture development centers located in different parts of the country. BADC distributed 2,49,855 M. Tons of summer & winter vegetables and 52,222 M. Ton Lakh fruits and 24,854 thousand M.Tons seedlings, sapling, graft and gooties of vegetables, flowers and medicinal during 2007-2008. To meet the demand of vegetables and fruits, BADC envisaged program for distribution of 2,53,600 M. Tons of summer & winter vegetables and 80,000 M. Tons fruits and 25,750 thousand seedlings, saplings graft and gooties of vegetables, flowers and medicinal during 2008-2009. These centers also provide technical and demonstrative support to the farmers of the project areas for introducing modern technology of vegetable and fruit cultivation.
During the year 1992-93 as per government decision BADC’s all kinds of fertilizer activities were stopped. But from 2006-07 BADC was again entrusted with the responsibility of distribution of non urea fertilizer ie. MOP and TSP fertilizer in a limited Scale. BADC Completed imported and distribution activities of 1,78,000 M. Ton TSP and 96,000 M. ton MOP fertilizers from 2006 to 2008. In the year of 2008-09 Non urea fertilizer procurement target is 5,55,000 lac M. tons. By BADC that is 70% of demand of non urea fertilizer in the country. Again this target 1,50,000 M. Ton of TSP and 75,000 M. Ton Of MOP fertilizer have been imported upto December,2008. It may mentioned here that measures have been taken for distribution of the fertilizer through 25 sale centers under 21 zones of BADC as per decision of ministry of agriculture.
BADC Provided irrigation facilities to 4.75 lac hectors of land in 2005-06, 4.88 lac hectors of land in 2006-07 and 4.95 lac hectors of land in 2007-08 through utilization of deep tubewells, Shallow tubewells, floating pumps and low lift pumps as well as rehabilitation of khals and canals and construction of sluice gate, siphons water control Structures and other infrastructures under different projects. Activities are there to bring 5.00 lac hectors of land under irrigation in 2008-09.