NONGSTOIN, April 21 2017: A matter of pride for Northeast India and Meghalaya in particular after Nonglawai Orchid Preservation Society in west Khasi Hills District been selected for Plant Genome Saviour Community Award.
For the first time a community from Northeast is getting this prestigious award since its inception. In a function organised in Motihari, East Champaran, Bihar on April 19, the Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh conferred the award on Charles Tympuin and Elbira Kharbani.
The Union Government had constituted a review committee in the month of March 2017 comprising of Director of ICAR and Deputy Commissioner West Khasi Hills district. Upon the findings and recommendation of the committee, the Agriculture Ministry is giving out this award for the year 2014-15. Only 5 communities from entire India are the recipients of this award. There is a cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs, a citation and a memento.
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“It should act as an inspiration to all the farmers in Meghalaya to work hard,” Deputy Commissioner of WKH Arunkumar Kembhavi said.
Nonglawai Orchid Preservation Society is a registered partner of our basin development unit. “Our officers and staffs have done so much of intervention for this society. We have brought orchid experts from all over India for documentation. We are also facilitating multiplication of Orchids through Silviculture Department and commercial exploitation so that the community can earn livelihood from orchids,” Kembhavi said.
Right now the society is not earning anything from their conservation activity. There is a plan to make a rich Orchid Museum too. “This award belongs as much to the Nongstoin Basin Unit as it does to the society,” he added.