Infrastructure

The centre possesses 22.19 acres of land  from the state of Sikkim on lease basis for 99 years. In October, 1997, the centre also took over the Darjeeling centre of CPRI, Shimla.  The laboratory cum administrative building, two fibre houses, 15 medium cost polyhouses with micro-irrigation system, four net houses and  four low cost polyhouses have been constructed on sloppy land  for different experimental and conservation purpose. The centre is also equipped  with automatic weather station to assist in carrying out research in different disciplines. Orchid sanctuary  has been created on 4 acres of farmland covered with  different species of trees for ex-situ conservation. The basic facilities like tissue culture laboratories and equipped genetics laboratories are available at this centre.The centre has purchased advance equipments like deep freeze (-80oC), distillation sets, DNA thermocycler (PCR), gel apparatus with power pack, BOD incubators, gel documentation system, incubator shaker, trinocular microscope with camera and other accessories, laminar flow, phase contrast fluorescence with camera and CCTV, microtome, cytological work station, lypholizer, ELISA reader, UV/VIS spectrophotometer, water purification system etc.

A.K.M.U.

The Agricultural Knowledge Management Unit (AKMU) earlier known to be ARIS Cell of the Institute is well established featuring 19 computers interlinked with LAN , photocopier machine , printers, scanner etc. To back up the orchid research in addition to facilities application softwares packages like SAS 9.3, SPSS, Gen Stat, word processing, database management system etc. were also available. V-SAT has been installed to provide internet facility.  Website of the centre is also available for outside reference.

Library

The library of the centre has a collection of about 1100 books. The library information system  has been enriched with the subscription of several national and international journals,  magazines and reports of horticultural importance.