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SHILLONG | Dec 05, 2018:

A state of the art Orchidarium and Orchid Production  Unit will be setup at Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya in a few months’ time by the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), a National Institute of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India.

While laying the foundation stone for the Orchidarium, Chief Minister of Meghalaya,Conrad K. Sangma lauded this ‘unique’ initiative which will be an important milestone for the state of Meghalaya.

He said Holland is the largest producer of Orchids followed by Thailand whereas Japan is the biggest importer or Orchids. He also said that this initiative of IBSD is in line with the Government’s Make in Meghalaya mission.

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Director IBSD, Prof Dinabandhu Sahoo informed that North East India has more than 850 species of orchids but there are not many high tech state of the art Orchidariums and orchid production units.

In view of this, IBSD will setup orchid production units in different parts of the state and will train a large number of unemployed youth, women and farmers to develop orchid based bio-entrepreneurship not only in the State of Meghalaya but in the entire North East.

He also requested the Chief Minister to provide the necessary assistance to several bioresource based programmes and value addition activities of IBSD, so that the people of the State will benefit.

In his special address, Urban Affairs Minister, Hamletson Dohling congratulated IBSD for this initiative and promised all support for the success of this project which will promote and also conserve the biodiversity of the State, besides boosting the green economy.

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