India’s first Orchidarium opened in Meghalaya

Correspondent Shillong, Jun 3: | Publish Date: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

The first Orchidarium in India was opened for tourists at Upper Shillong in Meghalaya on Monday

The 6000 square feet state of the art orchidarium is unique and is the only kind in the country having climate controlled system and displays several species of orchids.

Orchidarium was made functional by the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), an autonomous institute of Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology within a record time of 3 months

Director IBSD, Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo said that IBSD is promoting orchid based bio-entrepreneurship to strengthen the bio-economy of the region as a major flagship programme.

North-east India houses about 900 species of orchids while Meghalaya houses 439 species.

“Many species are little known and are facing various threats both natural and anthropogenic. Unregulated wild collection of many species with ornamental values poses a big threat to their existence,” said Sahoo.

He said Orchids will encourage students and citizens of India to develop love and care for nature and also generate employment opportunities for many farmers and unemployed youth in the region.

“The estimated global trade of floriculture is 80 Billion USD. 

India shares a very low pie of this stake and still holds a meagre 0.6% of the total floriculture exports.

 The Indian Floriculture market was worth INR 130 Billion in 2017. 

The market is further projected to reach INR 394 Billion by 2023, at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 20% during 2018-2023,” added Sahoo.

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