Monday, August 10, 2009

Training programme on Commercial Cultivation of Cymbidium in Sikkim

PAKYONG, Aug 9: A three-day long training programme on ‘Commercial Cultivation of Cymbidium’ started here at the National Research Centre for Orchids (ICAR), Pakyong, today.
The programme is being jointly organized by NRC for Orchids, Pakyong and the HCCD Department, Government of Sikkim.
The training was conducted for the capacity building and transfer of technology to farmers and SHGs of Ranka, Tintek, Rabdong and Luing Changrang closely associated with the cultivation of Cymbidium.
The inauguration of the programme, held at the Training hall, NRCO was attended by Dawcho Lepcha, Minister of FS & Agriculture & Horticulture & Irrigation and Flood control, as the Chief Guest. Other dignitaries present were BB Rai, MLA, Namchepong constituency, KK Singh, Director, HCCD, DK Bhandari, Joint Director, HCCD department, Dr. RP Medhi, Director, NRCO, Dr. LC De, Principal Scientist & Course Coordinator, NRCO, Dr. D Barman, Senior Scientist & Training Coordinator, NRCO and other scientific personnel from NRC for Orchids and HCCD Department.
In his welcome address, the Director NRCO mentioned that Sikkim is highly conducive for growth of Cymbidium and more people should come forward with large scale cultivation schemes. The NRCO, Pakyong is ever ready to assist people with human expertise (scientists) and supply of planting materials, he said. The director also talked about the working of various government schemes and urged people to come forward with ideas for effective and sound implementation of these schemes. He said that the State Horticulture department after scrutiny would be financially supporting 300 farmers from the State with such schemes.
Congratulated the Director, NRCO and his team for their initiative towards such capacity building programmes, Minister Lepcha said that the participants of the programme should gain through practical know-how and use this for economic upliftment through intelligent investments.
Namchepong MLA, Mr. Rai, in his opening remarks said that the State Government has supported smooth running of various developmental schemes and people should work very hard to gain maximum benefits these schemes.