IBSD launches hi-tech facility for farmers and unemployed youth at Manipur

Imphal, March 14: Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director of Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), a National Institute of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, today laid the foundation stone for a state-of-the-art commercial tissue culture and hardening facility at the National Bioresources Park in Imphal, Manipur.

While laying the foundation stone, Prof. Sahoo said this hi-tech tissue culture facility will provide 8 lakhs high quality planting material of bananas, orchids, pineapples, ginger and some medicinal and aromatic plants. A first of its kind in North East, the facility will provide high quality planting material to farmers and unemployed youth of the entire North East .

He said although 4% of the country’s population live in the North East states, unemployment is a major problem in the entire North East. Therefore, biotechnology based enterprises is one of th best option for the socio-economic development of the North East region, as establishment of heavy industries will damage the environment.

He also inaugurated  a fish hatchery complex inside the National Bioresources Park, which will boost fish farming in the state. Sahoo said that at present, nearly 50% of the fish is from outside the state due to lack of quality fish seedlings.

IBSD has developed 23 ponds along with rain water harvesting facility in this area, so that round the year faring can be done along with high value fish production.

During the last 3 years, IBSD has been working tirelessly under his leadership to develop a sustainable development model in the North East, which can be replicated in other parts of the country.

Prof. Sahoo invited the people from all over the country to visit the National Bioresources Park, where state-of-the-art facilities have been created which include commercial orchid production facility, aromatic plant cultivation as well as a 50 bedded farmers’ hostel.

Mr Sahoo said these initiatives are being launched on the eve of the Indian Science Congress at Imphal to showcase a model of sustainable development, which can be replicated in other parts of the country.



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