10th March, 2013
The foundation stone of culture room, pack house and residential quarters of Darjeeling campus of National Research Centre for Orchids was laid on 10th March, 2013 by Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, Deputy Director General (Horticulture), ICAR.
A newly built state of the art glasshouse and an innovative water harvesting structure for hill region were also inaugurated by the DDG. He suggested that the commercial potential of orchids needs to be exploited in India through rigorous research efforts coupled with forward and backward linkage. He interacted with the scientists working at the centre and appreciated the efforts of the campus in conservation of temperate orchid species in multipronged strategies and production of quality planting materials of Cymbidium hybrids. He also emphasized the need for developing indigenous hybrids of commercial orchids to reduce the dependence on exotic varieties.
The other dignitaries present on this occasion were Dr. R. P. Medhi, Director, National Research Centre for Orchids, Pakyong and Mr. Chandra Pal, Executive Engineer, CPWD, Gangtok.
(Source: NRCO, Pakyong, Sikkim)