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FACULTY OF HORTICULTURE
Initially the Department of Horticulture started its functioning in the year 1979 under the erstwhile North Bengal Campus of Bidhan Chandra KrishiViswavidyalaya(BCKV), at Gram Sevak Training Centre(GSTC), Coochbehar. Later the campus was shifted to the present place of Pundibari, Coochbehar in year 1990.
The department was upgraded to Faculty Unit of Horticulture under the Faculty of Horticulture, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya during the year 1996 with six departmental units and intake capacity of five students each year for undergraduate studies. The departmental units were
- Fruits and Orchard Management
- Vegetable Crops
- Spice and Plantation Crops
- Post Harvest Technology of Horticulture Crops
- Floriculture and Landscape Gardening
- Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Later, the State Government upgraded the North Bengal Campus of BCKV to a full-flaged separate university in the name of Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya (UBKV) from 10th Feb. 2001 through the West Bengal Act XX of 2000 with the jurisdiction area of six northern districts with two Faculties namely Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Horticulture. Later, faculty of technology was added by the government to this university. The Faculty of Horticulture of UBKV consists of five academic departments. The departments are
- Pomology and Post Harvest Technology
- Vegetable and Spice Crops
- Floriculture, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
- Plantation Crops and Processing
Research Thrust Areas of Faculty of Horticulture at UBKV:
- Conservation, development, management, display and undertake research on native flora. Promotion of use of the flora for horticulture.
- Development of appropriate horticultural based cropping systems for different agro-climatic zones.
- Identification of location specific agro-forestry and silvipasture system for wasteland development.
- Development of improved varieties and hybrids of fruits, vegetables, plantation crops, medicinal and aromatic plants with good quality high production potential, biotic and abiotic resistance and suitable for export.
- Development and field testing of integrated management of nutrients, diseases and pests of important horticultural crops to reduce input costs, environmental pollution and to avoid pesticide-residue problems.
- Post-harvest technology including value-addition and product diversification of important fruits, vegetables, spices, foliage plants, flowers and plantation crops and export promotion.
- Developing rapid tools, bio-techniques and technologies for genetic manipulations for introducing desirable traits of yield, quality and stress tolerance.
- Production of quality planting materials and micro-propagation of important horticultural crops.
- Protected cultivation of vegetables and flowers.
- Development of package of practices for production of organic horticultural produce.