IMPHAL: A one day interaction program on orchid cultivation was organised at Bioresources Park in Haraorou recently. Dr. Pulok K Mukherjee, Director, IBSD attended the program along with other scientists and officials of the institute. The program was organized under the IBSD’s flagship program on orchids entitled “Conservation, Propagation and Mass Multiplication of Selected Orchids species for developing biobased entrepreneurship in North East India”.
According to a report from the institute, under this program, orchid plantlets were distributed to 50 potential farmers for entrepreneurship development and to start their own mass cultivation to uplift their socio-economic conditions. The farmers assembled at the program consisted of different groups such as unemployed youths, skilled labourers and also housewives who want to initiate entrepreneurship development regarding orchids cultivation.
The main aims of the interaction program were to give information on the importance of orchid species which can be used as ornamental cut flowers with a long shelf life and this occupied 80% of the market value. A detailed write up regarding cultivation and harvesting techniques on orchids was also distributed. Queries and feedback were exchanged between the farmers and the organizers.