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Total Geographical Area : 3,38,700 Ha
Net Area for cultivation : 2,46,491 Ha
Cropping intensity : 215 %
Single cropped area : 24,900 Ha
Double cropped area :1,41,491 Ha
Triple cropped area : 80,100 Ha
Irrigated area : 35%

       Almost 85-90% of the total population depends on agriculture. In spite of several obstacles like poor soil status, acidity, lack of irrigation facilities, adoption of new improved technologies, inclusion of different high yielding varieties and hybrid varieties through different on-going schemes like ATMA, NFSM, RKVY etc. the production and productivity of different crops are raising keeping pace with the increasing demand of population.

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Crop Status
On-going Schemes
Minor Irrigation Schemes
Regulated Market Committees
Markets
AGMARK
West Bengal Agriculture Deptt.
Agriculture related Contacts

Coverage, Productivity and Production of Crops
in Cooch Behar district
Sl.
no.
Name of
the Crops
2008-2009 2009-2010 (July, 2010)
Coverage
Area (ha)
Productivity
(Kg/ha)
Production
(M.T.)
Coverage
Area (ha)
Productivity
(Kg/ha)
Production
(M.T.)
1. Aus Paddy 54160 2485 134588 52000 2725 141717
2. Aman Paddy 194000 2100 407400 215000 2450 526750
3. Jute 57150 1600 514 48000 1800 86400
4. Boro Paddy 36000 2567 92412 46000 2856 131376
5. Wheat 10660 3250 34645 10600 3300 34980
6. Winter Potato 25690 25690 659976 26700 27500 734250
7. Tobacco
  a) Rustica
  b) Viginia

11030
980

1050
1500

11581
1470

11050
1000

1110
1550

12265
1550
8. Rabi Maize 4049 6000 24294 6500 8000 48400
9. Oilseed
  a) Mustard
  b) Linseed
  c) Niger
  d) Groundnut

38350
1414
1860
190

950
650
740
975

36432
919
1376
185

40000
1450
1900
200

1000
650
760
10

40000
942.5
1444
20
10. Pulses
  a) Arhar (Tur)
  b) Rabi Mung
  c) Summer Mung
  d) Rabi Mash
  e) Musur (Lentil)
   f) Khesari
  g) Motor (Pea)
  h) Kulthi

80
185
155
3365
2285
2650
575
55

900
730
400
750
600
815
550
645

72
135
62
2523
1371
2159
316
35

100
200
160
3500
2300
2700
600
60

900
750
450
750
600
850
600
650

90
150
72
2625
1380
2295
360
39
11. Sugarcane 155 63500 9842 155 64000 9920
12. Winter Vegetables 24890 11000 273790 25000 11000 27500
13. Chili 8000 2100 16800 8000 15000 120000
14. Ginger 540 2700 1458 550 2700 1485


Different On-Going Schemes
.
Sl.
no.
Name of the Scheme Target
(Rs. in lakh)
Expenditure
up to June, 2010
(Rs. in lakh)
Remarks
1. RKVY (2009-10) 73.02 72
2. NFSM 915 669.69  
3. Jute Mini Mission - II 31 31  
4. Farm Mechanization 29.25 29.25  
5. ISOPOM 8.35 8.35  
6. Farmer's Pension 490 490 5745 nos. benefited
7. NREGA 20 On progress  
8. Outsourcing of training 0.75 0.75  
9. Farmer's training 2.2 2.2  
10. Women in agriculture 1.95 1.95  
11. Bio village 1.4 1.4  
12. Seed village 6 6  
13. Crop insurance Rs. 2496 lakh claim received by approx. 30635 farmers
14. Reconstruction 70,000 Minikit 70,000 Minikit  

Impact of the Schemes
  1. Total 1,80,000 farmers have been benefited.
  2. Production of Aman paddy have been increased by 29% (base year 2008-09)
  3. Production of Aus paddy have been increased by 5.29% (base year 2008-09)
  4. Production of Boro paddy have been increased by 42% (base year 2008-09)
  5. Production of wheat have been increased by 8.93% (base year 2008-09)
  6. Kishan Credit Card - 58775; nos. of beneficiaries - Rs.14.78 crores (upto June 2009)
  7. Soil & Water Conservation - 4153 ha of land has been brought under cultivation - 393571 mandays.

Progress of NHM - 2009-2010 (National Horticulture Mission)
Name of the Scheme Sanctioned Target Status Fund
Area Expansion Perennial Fruit 450 hac 176 hac Fund Received
- 142.1895 lakh


Fund Expended
- 94.78539 lakh
Non-Perennial Fruit 450 hac 347 hac
Bulbous Flower 15 hac 15 hac
Loose Flower 20 hac 10 hac
Spice & Aromatic Plant 100 hac 67 hac
Plantation Crop 50 hac nil
Organic Farming Vermicomposed 20 units 20 units
Promotion of IPM
(Integrated Pest Management)
IPM 1300 hac 1300 hac
HRD
(Human Resource Development)
Farmers Training 1 no. 1 no.


Progress of ADMI & ATMA (Agricultural Technology Management Agency)
Project Name of the Scheme Sanctioned Target Status Fund
ADMI STW (D) 400 nos. 2400 hac Yet to start Yet to receive
ATMA Farmers oriented activities 6 nos. of schemes 6 nos. of schemes Executed 5 nos. of schemes Sanctioned - 38.18 lakh
Utilised - 38.18 lakh
Farm information dissemination 7 nos. of schemes 7 nos. of schemes Executed 6 nos. of schemes Sanctioned - 6.18 lakh
Utilised - 6.18 lakh
Innovative activities 2 nos. of schemes 2 nos. of schemes Executed 1 no. of schemes Sanctioned - 7.5 lakh
Utilised - 7 lakh


National Food Security Mission (NFSM) 2009-2010
NFSM-Rice
Sl.
no.
Component Financial
Target
(Rs.in lakh)
Financial
Achievement up to date (Rs. in lakh)
1. Demonstration 35.70 35.55
2. Distribution of seed
at subsidy (Rs.7/kg)
202.35 6.71
3. Micronutrients 114.00 113.99
4. Liming 97.00 96.99
5. Bio-plant Protection Chemicals 82.75 82.74
6. Implements 207.75 190.25
7. Farmers' Field School 15.30 15.30
8. Others 16.15 0
Total : 771.00 541.53
NFSM-Wheat
Sl.
no.
Component Financial
Target
(Rs.in lakh)
Financial
Achievement up to date (Rs. in lakh)
1. Demonstration 1.46 1.46
2. Distribution of seed
at subsidy (Rs.7/kg)
27.00 19.18
3. Micronutrients 45.00 44.99
4. Liming 7.28 7.27
5. Bio-plant Protection Chemicals 0 0
6. Implements 38.00 30.00
7. Farmers' Field School 0.85 0.85
8. Others 24.41 24.41
Total : 144 128.16


Implementation of Minor Irrigation Schemes

       Cooch Behar is an irrigation deficient district. There are no major irrigation schemes worth mentioning in the district. At present about 35% of the cultivable area is under irrigation. The benefit of the Teesta irrigation cannels for the district is perhaps distant possibility due to the topographical reasons. The district is however blessed with large nos. of perennial rivers, khals, beels and water bodies. These resources are being utilized as a source of surface irrigation through a number of RLI and Mini RLI schemes. However, most of these RLI often remain unutilized or underutilization due to yearly flooding, meandering and heavy siltation of these rivers. But the ground water potential of the district is very high. No doubt pump operated shallow tube well is the most viable and popular irrigation scheme among the farmers of this district.

       The Ground Water based Minor Irrigation is being looked into by the one Agri-Irrigation Sub-Division only with headquarters at Cooch Behar. This Sub-Division is attached with the Cooch Behar (Agri-Irrigation) Division at Cooch Behar. The SurfaceWater based Minor Irrigation is being looked into by the one Agri-Mechanical Sub-Division only with headquarters at Cooch Behar & Mathabhanga. This Sub-Division is attached with the Cooch Behar (Agri-Mechanical) Division at Cooch Behar.

       Following Table shows the status of different types of irrigation sources in the district (Agri-Irri) :


Total no. of schemes at a glance Handed Over / To be Handed Over up to date
Sl.
no.
Name of
Division
Name
of
Programme
Type of
Structure
No. of
Structure
Sanctioned
Completed &
Handed over
Area brought
under Irrigation
(in ha)
Remarks
1. C
O
O
C
H

B
E
H
A
R

(A-I)
RIDF-I STW (E) 1380 1374 5496 196 nos. handed over with diesel pump set, 6 nos. abandoned
2. RIDF-II STW (D) 308 308 1232 Completed & handed over
3. RIDF-VIII STW (D) 538 538 2152 Completed & handed over
4. MDTW 5 5 100 Completed & handed over
5. BCW STW (D) 34 34 136 Completed & handed over
6. RIDF-X STW (D) 129 129 516 Completed & handed over
7. CORE Sector STW (D) 247 247 988 Completed & handed over
8. RIDF-XI STW (D) 296 296 1184 Completed & handed over
9. RIDF-XII STW (D) 564 0 2184 Completed & handed over
10. MDTW 4 4 80 On-going
11. RIDF-XIII STW (D) 102 102 408 Completed & handed over
12. MDTW 7 0 0 On-going
13. RIDF-XIV STW (D) 399 129 516 On-going
14. MDTW 4 0 0 On-going
Total : 4017 3166 14992  
Additional area will be added after completion of RIDF-XIII & XIV 1300  
Total : 16292  

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Cold Storages in Cooch Behar

Name

LocationCapacityCategory
M/s. Kaljani Cold Storage (P) Ltd.Kholta, Cooch Behar - II Block1,50,000 qntlsPotato
M/s. Sonali Agrotech (P) Ltd.Dewanhat, Cooch Behar - I Block53,831 cu.m.Potato

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Regulated Market Committees in Cooch Behar

RMC Name

LocationChairmanChairman's
Contact no.
SecretarySecretary's
Contact no.
Cooch Behar Sadar RMCBangchatra Road,
Tallytala,
P.O.+Dist. - Cooch Behar
Pin - 736101
S.D.O. (Sadar)03582-227105 (O)
03582-227204 (R)
Sri. A. K. Barma03582-223135 (O)
Tufanganj RMCUttar Andaran Fulbari,
P.O. - Tufanganj,
Dist. - Cooch Behar
Pin - 736159
ADM(G)
Cooch Behar
03582-244220 (O)
03582-244258 (R)
Sri. Md. Akbar Ali03582-244279 (O)
Mathabhanga RMCP.O. - Mathabhanga,
Dist. - Cooch Behar
Pin - 736146
S.D.O.
Mathabhanga
03583-255287 (O)
03583-255224 (R)
Sri. Rabin Haldar03583-255274 (O)
Mekhliganj RMCC/o. Sub-divisional
    Agri. Marketing Officer,
P.O. - Mekhliganj,
Dist. - Cooch Behar
Pin - 735304
S.D.O.
Mekhliganj
03584-255297 (O)
03584-255237 (R)
Sri. R. N. Nag03584-255268 (O)
03561-225360 (R)
Dinhata RMCBarana Chira,
P.O. - Dinhata,
Dist. - Cooch Behar
Pin - 736174
S.D.O.
Dinhata
03581-255001 (O)
03581-255105 (R)
Sri. D. Khan03581-255162 (O)
03482-251230 (R)
Haldibari RMCP.O. - Haldibari, Uttarpar,
Dist. - Cooch Behar
Pin - 735122
S.D.O.
Mekhliganj
03584-255297 (O)
03584-255237 (R)
Sri. S. K. Dey03584-263271 (O)
03583-2597697 (R)

Hats or Local periodic markets under RMCs



AGMARK (Agricultural Marketing Network)

  Marketing extension is a continuous process to disseminate all relevant information to the farmers, traders and consumers about various measures taken for improvement of marketing system so that they may all derive the benefits flowing from such measures. During the Third Five Year Plan, a small extension cell was set up in the Directorate of Marketing & Inspection (DMI). The Directorate undertakes extension and publicity activities to educate producers, traders and consumers. Agmark quality programmes as well as improvements in marketing practices and procedures are given wide publicity through mass media. The information is disseminated through documentaries, cinema slides, printed literatures, exhibitions, conferences, seminars and workshops. The DMI headed by the Agricultural Marketing Advisor, Department of Agriculture and Co-operation (DAC) implements agricultural marketing policies & programmes of the Government of India.

Agricultural Marketing Advisor
      Department of Agriculture and Co-operation

Directorate of Marketing and Inspection
National Highway - IV
Faridabad, Haryana
Pin - 121001
Telephone : 24343551, 2412392/94
Fax : 0129-2416568
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Department of Agriculture and Co-operation,
Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. Of India
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Agriculture Department of West Bengal
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AGMARKNET

The Directorate of Marketing and Inspection (DMI) is an attached Office of the Ministry of Agriculture. It was set up in the year 1935 to implement the agricultural marketing policies and programmes of the Central Government. Since its very inception, the Directorate continues to be responsible for bringing about an integrated development of marketing of agricultural and allied produce in the country with a view to safeguard the interests of producer-sellers as well as the consumers. It maintains a close liaison between the Central and the State Governments in the implementation of agricultural marketing policies in the country.

Organisational Set-up: The Directorate is headed by the Agricultural Marketing Adviser to the Govt. of India (AMA). The Directorate has its Head Office at Faridabad (Haryana), Branch Head Office at Nagpur (Maharashtra) and 11 Regional Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow, Bhopal, Kochi and Guwahati and the Central Agmark Laboratory at Nagpur. Besides, there are 26 Sub-Offices, 16 Regional Agmark Laboratories (RALs) spread all over the country.

The activities of the Directorate cover the following areas of agricultural marketing :
#

Promotion of Standardisation and Grading of agricultural and allied produce under the Agricultural Produce (Grading & Marking) Act, 1937 as amended in 1986

# Market Research, Surveys and Planning
# Agricultural Marketing Reforms
# Agricultural Marketing Information Network
# Promotion of Cold Storage
# Construction of Rural Godowns
# Development of Marketing Infrastructure, Grading & Standardization
# Training in agricultural marketing
# Marketing Extension

AGMARK
(Agricultural Marketing)


Agmark products are free from adulteration and conform to the scientifically laid down principles of purity. It ensures consumer protection.

Each batch of Agmark products is pre-tested for quality in well-equipped lab by quality control and specially trained chemist.

Agmark products are always packed in Food grade material never to be sold loose.

Agmark products bear Agmark label or replica as an identification mark, date of manufacturing and expiry period.

Free of cost replacement provided in the rules if Agmark products are found not conforming to the quality standards.

They are not mandatory, any body can use them.

These are prepared by either Bureau of Indian Standards or Agricultural Marketing (ICAE).


 
Contacts related to Agriculture Department
~: Agriculture Department of West Bengal :~
~: Agriculture Marketing Department of West Bengal :~ ~: Cooch Behar :~
Principal Agricultural Officer (Cooch Behar)
Telephone:03582-227545 (O)
E-mail :pao-cbr-wb@nic.in  &  pao-coochbehar@wb.nic.in


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