9th March, 2013, Gangtok
National Research Centre for Orchids, Sikkim organized a ‘National Dialogue on Orchid Conservation and Sustainable Development for Community Livelihood’ at Gangtok. Shri Dawa Norbu Takarpa , Agriculture Minister, Sikkim was the Chief Guest during the inaugural function. Dr. S. N. Puri, Vice-Chancellor, CAU (Manipur) presided over the function.
Emphasizing on the conservation the ‘orchid biodiversity’ of the hilly regions, Shri Takarpa said community efforts with scientific conservation methods may be adopted for the purpose. The conservation system should highlight the medicinal and commercial values of important orchids for social upliftment by creating a viable livelihood options by means of commercialization. Other dignitaries like Shri. G. M. Pradhan, Eminent Orchid Specialist, Kalimpong; Prof. A. K. Bhatnagar, Delhi University & Vice-President (TOSI); Dr. S. N. Hegde, Former Director (TIPI) & Member, TOSKAR (Karnataka); Dr. R. P. Medhi, Director (NRCO) & Organizing Secretary and Prof. Promla Pathak, TOSI (Chandigarh) addressed the delegates during the inaugural function.
Orchid specialists, officials from different state departments, delegates across India and farmers participated in the two-day (March 8-9, 2013) National Dialogue and discussed various issues that need to introspect to prepare a road map for commercialization of orchid cultivation in India. The five eminent and renowned orchid specialists were conferred ‘Award of Honour’ and felicitated during the function for their life time contribution. The abstracts-cum-souvenir and five technical bulletins of NRCO were also released, along with the launching of NRCO website (new) during the meet.
Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (Horticulture) also joined the event and chaired the plenary session (2nd day) with critical input to come out with strong recommendations of the themes conducted. During the valedictory function, the awards were presented to the best poster and oral presenters and the farmers participated for orchid exhibition.
Dr. D. Barman, Principal Scientist (Horticulture), NRCO proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: NRCO, Pakyong, Sikkim)