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Arunachal: Minister Tage Taki  Inaugurates Orchid Conservation Centre in Hapoli

Arunachal Pradesh’s Agriculture Minister Tage Taki inaugurated the Centre for Conservation and Propagation of Wild Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh at Hapoli in Lower Subansiri district on Sunday. The centre is an initiative of the Hapoli Forest Division and is located on the campus of the DFO office at Hapoli. 

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Tage Taki commended the efforts of Hapoli Forest Division and said that the Forest Department is special as it holds the noble responsibility of preserving nature in its form. He said that the “Present orchid conservation centre will help in educating the local population about the wealth of orchids that are present around them but remain unappreciated.”

Arunachal Pradesh has the largest number of orchid species in India with about  558 recorded species of orchids. Therefore, Hapoli Forest Division has been striving to preserve this natural treasure of the state.

A first of its kind wild orchid conservation trail was launched at Pange camp under Tale Wildlife Sanctuary two years ago. The trail saw relocation of 182 species of rare and endemic orchids of the Lower Subansiri district. Six species present in the trail are a new record and addition to the orchid flora of the country.

DFO Hapoli Forest Division, Abhinav Kumar informed the gathering that there were 50 species of orchids presently at the centre and that they were available for sale at a nominal price to the public.

“This centre would be the second such facility for orchid conservation after the Orchid Research Centre located at Tippi in West Kameng district,” he further informed.

He also said that the purpose of the centre is two-fold, to make the display of orchids more accessible to the public compared to the trail located at Pange and help in creating awareness about its preservation by allowing people to buy them for their homes and offices.


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