18th June, 2020, New Delhi
The Horticultural Science Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi and the ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune, Maharashtra organized a National Webinar on “Harnessing the Potential of Indigenous Ornamentals: Post COVID-19 Pandemic” today.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Anand Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticultural Science), ICAR highlighted the need for documenting, characterizing and publishing of the information in international journals to popularize the indigenous ornamentals. Dr. Singh advised the floriculture group for identifying atleast 50 indigenous species to bring them to the next level of commercialization. He urged to systematically characterize the orchids in Sikkim by using the available genome resource tools to protect the vast biodiversity in orchids and prevent their misuse.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (Horticultural Science), ICAR urged for 3 C’s - Conserve, Cultivate and Commercialize the indigenous ornamentals. The need to develop specialised nurseries or create separate sections in nurseries for the native plants was advocated by Dr. Janakiram. He also suggested some measures like incorporating chapters on indigenous ornamentals in curriculum of school students, allocating research topics to PG and Doctoral students and encouraging Start-Ups to set-up stalls in Airports and Malls having value-added products.
Highlighting the research and development efforts made by various organizations, Dr. K.V. Prasad, Director, ICAR-DFR stressed on the need to identify and strengthen the dedicated production centres, create a value chain and branding of indigenous ornamentals to reach the different markets.
The eminent speakers from JNTBGRI, ICAR-DFR, ICARIARI, ICAR-CIARI, ICAR-CIAH, ICAR-NRC on Orchids, KAU, BHU and Dr. YSPUH&F highlighted the research and development initiatives in indigenous ornamentals of Himalayas, Western Ghats, Gangentic plains, Arid regions, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Orchids of India.
About 740 participants registered their participation in the Webinar.
(Source: Horticultural Science Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi)