6th May 2016, Tadong, Gangtok
ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Sikkim Centre, Tadong, Gangtok organised two-day ‘State Level Workshop on Post Entry Quarantine’ (6-7 May 2016).
Dr. Thomas Chandy, IFS, PCCF cum Principal Secretary, Forest, Environment and Wildlife Management Department, Govt. of Sikkim while inaugurating the event, emphasized on the significance of plant quarantine for biodiversity conservation in Sikkim. He advised to follow the quarantine measures to restrict the exotic insect pests and diseases and invasive species to save the existing flora and fauna in Sikkim which is a global biodiversity hotspot.
Dr. R.K. Avasthe, Joint Director, ICAR, Sikkim Centre gave brief overview of role of ICAR Sikkim Centre in plant quarantine in Sikkim State. He also spoke on the impending danger due to introduction of non-quarantined planting materials in the organic state like Sikkim. He appealed to the officials to follow the rules and procedures of plant quarantine and post entry quarantine before introducing new planting materials into the State as an extremely important measure to safeguard the precious biodiversity of Sikkim.
Dr. N. Sathyanarayana, Director, Bio-security, NIPHM, Hyderabad spoke about the importance of plant quarantine for bio-security of the country. He urged that awareness should be created among the stakeholders.
Shri. P. T. Bhutia, Director, H&CCDD, Govt. of Sikkim, said that the state department will extend full cooperation for the successful implementation of plant quarantine system in Sikkim.
One extension bulletin on plant quarantine for pest and disease management also was released.
(Source: ICAR Sikkim Centre, Tadong)