Shillong: A state-of-the-art orchidarium and orchid production unit will come up in Shillong soon, the foundation stone of which was laid on Wednesday.
The project will be constructed under the supervision of the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), a national institute of the department of biotechnology, in Shillong.
While laying the foundation stone for the orchidarium, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma lauded the unique initiative which will be an important milestone for the state. He said Holland is the largest producer of orchids followed by Thailand whereas Japan is the biggest importer or orchids. 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 Northeast 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, the IBSD will set up 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 Northeast. He also requested the chief minister to provide the necessary assistance to several bioresource-based programmes and value addition activities of IBSD, so that the people of the state can be benefitted.
In his special address, Hamletson Dohling, urban affairs minister of Meghalaya and local MLA, congratulated the 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.