Shillong, December 5: A state-of-the-art Orchidarium and Orchid Production Unit will be set up here in a few months time by the Institute of Bio resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) – a National Institute of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India – to boost eco-tourism and bio-entrepreneurship.
While laying the foundation stone for the Orchidarium, Conrad K Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya lauded this unique initiative which will be an important milestone for the state of Meghalaya.
“Holland is the largest producer of orchids followed by Thailand whereas Japan is the biggest importer of orchids,” said Sangma.
He also said that this initiative of IBSD is in line with the Government’s Make in Meghalaya mission.
In his welcome address, Prof Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director IBSD said that the North East India has more than 850 species of orchids but there are not many high tech state-of-the-art Orchidariums and orchid production units.
In view of this, IBSD will setup orchid production units in different parts of states and will train a large number of unemployed youth, women and farmers to develop orchid based bio-entrepreneurship not only in the State of Meghalaya but in the entire North East.
He also requested the Chief Minister provide the necessary assistance to several bio resource based programmes and value addition activities of IBSD, so that the people of the State will benefit.
Hamletson Dohling, Urban Affairs Minister of Meghalaya, who also represents the area in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly , congratulated IBSD for this initiative and promised all support for the success of this project which will promote and also conserve the biodiversity of the State, besides boosting the green economy.