India: Workshop on orchids cultivation in non-traditional areas and intensification in traditional areas

To give impetus to the cultivation of orchids in non-traditional areas and intensification in traditional areas of Eastern India, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between ICAR- Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata and ICAR-National Research Centre on Orchids, Sikkim today.

According to this MoU, the Subject Matter Specialist of various KVKs working in the region under the control of ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata, will participate in technical deliberations/ brainstorming sessions/hands-on training on advanced management practices, including propagation technology, among other things, in the areas of cooperation.

This Focused partnership between ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata, and ICAR-NRCO, Sikkim, through the establishment of a "Model orchid cultivation cum demonstration unit' in selected KVKs and promotion of 'Backyard Orchid' cultivation venture will benefit the cactus growers of the region.

An interactive meeting-cum-workshop on "Promotion of Orchid Cultivation in Non-Conventional Areas of West Bengal" was also organized at Hooghly KVK, Chinsura. Dr. Dey mentioned that tropical orchids will go a long way to improve the profitability of farmers engaged in floriculture in this unconventional part of Eastern India besides, creating a sprightly ecosystem. He hoped that with an assured market in nearby metros, orchid cultivation in peri-urban areas would uplift the livelihood of the farming community and sought the involvement of the Department of Horticulture through MIDH schemes and also ATMA schemes for providing funds for the orchid growers.

Dr. Das mentioned that the introduction of the right kind of Dendrobium cultivar would help in perfect bloom in this region. He also mentioned the importance of disease management in orchids.

Shri. S. Bhakat, Dy. Director of Horticulture, Hooghly, Government of West Bengal, in his address, promised to extend full support for this noble cause.

Dr. F.H. Rahman, Principal Scientist, ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata, also spoke on the occasion.


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