Tropical Botanic Garden implements project to conserve orchid plants
Palode (Thiruvananthapuram): The Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) here is implementing a new project to conserve orchid plants and open a new source of income in the rural areas.
According to the new project, selected species of wild orchids and hybrid varieties will be developed through tissue culture method and sold to make income. The project is implemented with the financial assistance of biotechnology department under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Rs 1.83 crore is allocated for the 3-year project. As part of this, 15 clusters will be formed including 5 members from various parts of the state. They will be given training in orchid farming and provided planting materials. They will be given advice and guidelines about how to maintain the garden.
Apart from the imported orchid varieties, attractive orchids from the Western Ghats will be propagated as part of the project. Director Dr Prakash Kumar said that the project aims to generate awareness among farmers about orchid plants and their propagation and marketing.
The botanical garden had already given importance to the conservation and research on orchid plants. Currently, about 500 wild varieties and 200 hybrid varieties of orchid plants are conserved here.