The first of its kind Orchidarium in the entire country has been opened for tourists at 6th Mile in Upper Shillong. Spread over a sprawling area of 6000 square feet, this state-of-the-art Orchidarium was made functional by the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) within a record time of three months.
IBSD director Dinabandhu Sahoo said the Orchidarium is a unique and only one of its kind in the country having climate-controlled system and displays several species of orchids. IBSD is promoting orchid based bio-entrepreneurship to strengthen the bio-economy of the region as a major flagship programme.
According to Sahoo, in the Orchidarium, tourists, scholars and flower lovers can view several orchid species in one place like in Thailand, Singapore, Japan, England and many other countries. The IBSD has also constructed tree house and bamboo house in the premises to attract tourists.
Expressing concern over the fact that many species are little known and are facing various threats, both natural and anthropogenic, the IBSD director pointed out that unregulated wild collection of many species with ornamental values posed a big threat to their existence.
The IBSD has been able to open an Orchid Production Unit at Tura in West Garo Hills district with the help of the Meghalaya government and there are plans to open another 20 production units in the entire Meghalaya.