Gangtok, February 16 (IPR): Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture and Cash Crop department, Mr. Somnath Poudyal inaugurated the three long National Conference on “Floriculture for Rural and Urban Prosperity in the Scenario of Climate Change”.
The national conference was jointly organized by Department of Horticulture and Cash Crop, Government of Sikkim, Sikkim University, Indian Society of Ornamental Horticulture (ISOH), North East Council, Centre Institute of Horticulture, Nagaland, CAE&PHT Central Agriculture University (CAU), Ranipool and Research Centre for Orchid.
Addressing the inaugural programme, Minister Mr. Somnath Poudyal said, “this national conference will undoubtedly help Sikkim and other North Eastern states to adopt advanced technologies in the field of Floriculture in days of changing climate. Floriculture is the most potential sector which can turn the tide of rural economy. Sikkim has highly conducive climate, tradition of growing flowers, emerging market opportunities, peaceful environment, stable and proactive government and policy support which gives a strong edge to floriculture in the state. It is seen that floriculture is becoming an attractive venture.”
Minster further stated that state government has accorded top priority to flower sector and to develop floriculture as sustained venture to meet the growing demands of flowers in domestic and international market.
“Melting of ice cap in Himalayan region and climate change has threatened some of the indigenous species of flowers by not getting favourable agro-climatic conditions for their proliferation. Some of the Himalayan regions may be deprived of normal precipitation due to unusual monsoon and erratic rainfall pattern. To minimize the effect of climate change, use of green-house technology, Hi-tech horticulture are some of the solutions,” Agriculture Minister added.
Minister also highlighted the different initiatives taken by Sikkim government for mitigating climate change.
During the programme, Dr. R.C Upadhyaya was awarded with Lifetime Achievement in Floriculture and Orchid Award, Dr. R.L Mishra with Orchid Display Award and Dr. LOTUS Award 2107. The award was handed over by chief guest, Minister, Mr. Poudyal.
Organizing committee also awarded Kumar Yonzon, resident of Pakyong with Best Senior Citizenship Award in Orchid Farming along with cash prize and certificates and Samten Dorjee Gurung, of Pakyong with Best Orchid Grower Award, cash prize and certificates
During the programme the Minister also released books and journals namely; Souvenir cum Abstract, ICAR-NRCO at a Glance, organic Production Technology of Alstroemeria, nepali publications on control measures of Aphids, Thrip and Mites in orchids and Journal on Horticulture.
Earlier, Secretary of Horticulture department, Mr. Khorlo Bhutia, Padma Shree Awardee and Ex-Director, DRDO, Dr. Brahma Singh, Chairman, ISOH &CHAI, Dr. H.P Singh, Chief Consultant of MIDH, Dr. R.C Upadhyaya, AGM of NABARD, Gangtok, Mr. G.M Walkare and Dean of CAE&PHT, CAU, Dr. P.P Dabral spoke on scientific approach on floriculture and different scope of it.
The three days conference will have participants from different Agriculture Universities, Colleges and ICAR and progressive farmers from Sikkim and other states.