Stakeholders Meet Organized at NRC for Orchids

10th March 2014, Pakyong

The ‘2nd Stakeholders Meet of NRCO’ was organized at National Research Centre for Orchids, Pakyong on 10th March, 2014.

In his opening remarks, Dr. R.P. Medhi, Director, NRC for Orchids discussed evaluation and feedback on outputs, technology and other developments of NRCO for promotion of entrepreneurship in order to prepare future road map for strategic research in mission mode.

Dr. D.K. Agarwal, BSI, shared his views on conservation of rare and endangered wild species and mass propagation of rare Phalaenopsis species. He proposed to commercialize and hybridize some common orchid species like Rhyncostylis retusa and Eria coronaria.

Shri P.L. Basnet highlighted the role of NRCO on improving extension program for technology dissemination, organic farming practices and to bridge the gaps with new opportunities to address the present scenario.

Dr. Ram Pal presented a few highlights on methods developed on Cymbidium and Lillium multiplication from NRCO-Darjeeling Campus, while Dr. Shayamali Chakraborti presented and discussed input from ITMU on commercialization of technologies under ICAR system.

Earlier, Dr. R. Devadas, Senior Scientist (Plant Breeding) welcomed the dignitaries and presented technological achievements of the centre on 33 aspects on orchid improvement, production and protection technologies. He highlighted the significance and objectives of Stake Holders Meeting.

Two new NRCO varieties Cymbidium “B. S. Basnet” and Aranda “Kunga Gyatso” were released on this occasion and presented to the State Department and progressive farmers.

The house recalled the services and glorious achievements of Late Shri B.S. Basnet and Late Kunga Gyatso Bhutia for their contribution towards the welfare of farming community of Sikkim.

Fifteen farmers and DBT beneficiaries from Sikkim and Darjeeling participated in the meeting.

The Stakeholders meet was aimed to develop a common vision with all its stakeholders. The objectives of the meeting was to share and discuss mutually on technological developments at NRCO and evaluate by taking necessary feedback for preparing future road map with stakeholders in partnership mode.

Shri Raj Kumar, Scientist (Floriculture) proposed vote of thanks.

(Source: NRCO, Pakyong, Sikkim)