Meghalaya Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K. Sangma and Urban Affairs Minister, Hamletson Dohling today laid a foundation stones for Orchidarium and Orchid Production Unit respectively at the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), a National Institute of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India at Upper Shillong.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said that the Orchidarium and the Orchid Production Unit will have a huge impact on the lives of local entrepreneurs and will be viable and a profitable business. Stating that tourists all over the world have a connection with orchids, the Chief Minister said that it will be a game changer for the tourism sector. Meghalaya, being a diverse State, there is a need to explore other business potentials, he added. Around 800 species of orchids are available in the State, yet we tend to import from other countries, he said.
It is a challenge and we need to realize that there is a need to create a bigger and sustainable eco-system and for that it is pertinent to coordinate with entrepreneurs and have a seamless connectivity with the rest of India and the world. The Chief Minister in his words of encouragement to the students, who were present at the programme, urged them to have a purpose driven life. Whatever you do, it should be driven by purpose and passion, he said.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Meghalaya, Y. S. Shullai, Director, IBSD, Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo and Vice Chancellor, NEHU, Prof. S. K. Srivastava was also present at the programme. MMP