Preserving The Cultivated Ornaments
Arunachal is endowed with rich variety of Orchids found in almost all parts of the State. Number of them ate ornamentals with exquisite beauty. However, with the increasing developmental activity resulting in the clearance of forests and indiscriminate collection for trade, number of Orchids have become endangered and are threatened of extinction.
Realizing this kind of precarious situation in all the orchid habitats of our country, the Orchid Society of India, established in 1984, decided to open regional chapters to spread the message of conservation and promotion of Orchids throughout the country. The chapter for Auranachal, Assam and Triputa was entrusted to Dr. S. N. Hegde, Orchidologist.
Foundation Of The Society
Accordingly the idea of starting an orchid society at Itanagar was discussed by him with Dr. (Mrs) Sudesh Mehta who was the Chairperson of the Ladies Club at Itanagar. She propagated this idea seriously amongst the members of the Club and other Orchid-lovers at Itanagar, which enabled Dr. Hegde to convene the first ever meeting held on 14-7-1991 at Itanagar to establish the Orchid society of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri J. K. Mehta, the then Principal Chief conservator of forests, also supported the idea and all the Orchid lovers and enthusiasts in the state could be brought under this society with the objective of conserving, cultivating and propagating the Orchids in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Society elected Mrs. O. Dai as its first President, Mrs. Mehta as its first Vice- President and Mrs Vimla Mehra, IPS as its first secretary. Mrs. Mehra, however, had to resign within six months consequent upon her transfer to Delhi. Hence, Mr. K. D. Singh, IFS succeeded her as the Secretary.
During this period the Society could be registered in July 1993 and conducted number of meetings, Slide Shows, demonstration of Orchid cultivation, drawing competition and seedling distribution to its members. During later part of 1993, the society elected Shri Ashok Nath, IAS, as its new President shri Avinash Kumar IFS as Vice - President and Shri B. S. Beniwal IFS, as its Secretary. Under the Presidentship of Shri Ashok Nnath, greater thrust has been given now to promote Orchid Conservation and of course Orchid Culture as an economic activity of the local trible farmers and entrepreneurs.
Thus, the Society now aims at achieving the following objectives:
Promote Orchid cultivation in home garden.
To promote awareness and to disseminate knowledge of Orchids.
To project the importance of conserving the bio-diversity along with orchids in their habitat, the economic potential, ecological functioning and propagation of Indian Orchids.
To help, protect and preserve the germ- plasma of endangered and threatened species of Orchids.
To help economically backward sections of Society to generate alternative source of income through cultivation of orchids.
To promote open new avenues through orchids for self-employments through orchid cultivation by the educated unemployed youths.
To assist the economically backward persons, educated unemployed youths and others in marketing.