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Interactive meet of Director, CRIDA and ADG (Agril. Extension) with FPOs at ICAR-NRC for Orchids, Pakyong, Sikkim

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03 May 2024, Sikkim: Dr. V. K. Singh, Director, ICAR- Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture,  Hyderabad  Dr. R. Roy Burman, ADG (Agricultural Extension) ICAR, Dr. M. M. Adhikari, former Vice-Chancellor and Professor at BCKV, West Bengal, and Dr. Keshava, Principal Scientist at Extension Division, ICAR-HQ visited ICAR- National Research Centers for Orchids, Pakyong, Sikkim today.

Dr. R. Roy Burman, ADG (Agricultural Extension) urged that demonstration units can be set up at KVKs for promoting and exhibiting the potential of orchids in different parts of the country. They also urged to foster entrepreneurship in PPP mode.

Dr. S.P. Das, Director, ICAR-NRC for Orchids, explained about the ongoing research programmes and priorities in coming days, while showing them different orchidariums and laboratories at the centre.  Distinguished dignitaries discussed with NRCO scientists and staff.

Dr. V. K. Singh, while appreciating the excellent activities at the centre, urged to expand the activities throughout the country in network mode.      

They also interacted with board members from two Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), Cherry Blossom and Premlakha Subaneydara, attached with ICAR-NRCO. Business plans of FPOs and strategies for improving backward and forward linkages were discussed.

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