ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune, Organises National Workshop on Floriculture at Kahikuchi
ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune, Organises National Workshop on Floriculture at Kahikuchi

23rd-25th January 2024, Kahikuchi, Guwahati

ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune organised 32nd Annual General Meeting of AICRP on Floriculture from 23rd-25th January 2024, at the Horticulture Research Station under Assam Agriculture University, Kahikuchi.

The chief guest, Dr. B. C. Deka, Vice-Chancellor, AAU, said that technology commercialization is the need of the hour and innovative ideas must be linked to the market. He urged the scientists to focus more on the commercialization of the developing technologies.

ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune, Organises National Workshop on Floriculture at Kahikuchi  ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune, Organises National Workshop on Floriculture at Kahikuchi

Dr. Sudhakar Pandey, Assistant Director General, (Flower/ Veg. /Spices/ Med. Plants), stated that scientists should always be on the lookout for researchable issues to facilitate commercialization of flowers and flower based value added products.

Dr. Sankar Prasad Das, Director of National Research Centre on Orchids, Sikkim, highlighted the need for varietal development of flowers for commercialization.

Dr. K. V. Prasad, Director, Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune, emphasised the progress made by the group during the last one year. He hoped that the workshop could go a long way in streamlining and fine tuning research activities in the floriculture sector of the country.

The interface was attended by the Director (Horticulture) from Govt. of Assam, Deputy Director (Horticulture) Govt. of Nagaland and got insights into the technology backstopping that ICAR can provide for the overall development of floriculture in their respective states specially the Floriculture Mission initiated by the Govt. of Assam. A farmer scientist interaction was organized on the last day of the workshop where fifty progressive flower growers from across the state participated in the workshop.

Several technical bulletins on flower crops prepared by different centers of the country under AICRP- Floriculture were released during the inaugural session.

Different flower based value added products such as floral cookies (Romiho: Rose Millet Honey), hibiscus tea, rose tea, incense sticks, gulal, floral calendars, floral crafts, souvenirs etc. developed by different AICRP centers of the country were formally launched. A video graphic advisory on the management of Tuberose blossom midge was also released in various languages.

About 80 agricultural scientists representing 22 research centers under AICRP-Floriculture from across the country have participated in the workshop.

(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune)

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