National Dialogue On Orchid Conservation &


Sustainable Development for Community Livelihood

About the Conference

The orchids are adored for their long lasting, attractive and highly colorful flowers, having played an important role in the development of international trade in cut flowers and potted plants. The ease with which they respond to the development of commercially significant hybrid genotypes has added further to their agility in the trade. Orchid cultivation has become a lucrative business in several countries including Thailand, Holland, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Kenya and Sri Lanka. The orchids are also rich in phytochemical contents and used in local formulations to cure a variety of human ailments.

India with a vast expanse and varied climatic conditions supports a rich diversity of orchids; more than 1,300 species grow here and these include several that are endemic to the country. The beauty and utility of Indian orchids has been frequently appreciated but we have yet to realize their full economic potential due to lack of improved varieties and appropriate cultivation procedures. It is with this background that NRC Orchids (ICAR) and The Orchid Society of India (TOSI) are collaborating to organize a 2-day conference, ‘National Dialogue on Orchid Conservation & Sustainable Development for Community Livelihood’ at Pakyong (Sikkim) during March 8-9, 2013. A large number of Orchid Scientists, growers, entrepreneurs, stakeholders and policy planners are expected to participate. The event will provide a suitable platform for research strategies to develop the orchid resource of the country into a really rewarding resource. It will also help in preparing a road map for opting economic potential of orchid and promoting the cultivation as a venture climbing vocation particularly for the unemployed rural growth.

Dates to remember

Convener-cum-Organising Secretary: 

Dr. R .P. Medhi,


National Research Centre for Orchids,

ICAR, Pakyong 737106,East Sikkim.

Ph: (03592) – 257954,257282,257703,257289;

Fax: ( 03592) -257289,257282

Mobile: 09474524404


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