SUBJECT :Agriculture minister Somnath Poudyal on Friday in inaugurated the three-day national conference on ‘Floriculture for Rural and Urban Prosperity in the Scenario of Climate Change’. 

Gangtok, February 16, 2018: Agriculture minister Somnath Poudyal on Friday in inaugurated the three-day national conference on ‘Floriculture for Rural and Urban Prosperity in the Scenario of Climate Change’.

The national conference was jointly organized by State Horticulture and Cash Crops Development department, 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 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 give a strong edge to floriculture in the State. It seen that floriculture is becoming an attractive venture.”

Poudyal 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 favorable 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,” he added.

The 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. The awards were handed over by minister Poudyal.

The organizing committee also awarded kumar Yonzon, a 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.

Earlier, Horticulture secretary 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, G.M Walkare and Dean of CAE&PHT, CAU, Dr. P.P Dabral spoke on scientific approach on floriculture and different scopes of it.

The conference will have participants from different Agriculture Universities, colleges and ICAR and progressive farmers from Sikkim and other States.

Source: Sikkim Express