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Agri-Horticultural Society of India partners Singapore Botanical Gardens

to promote environmental protection and sustainable development

Kolkata, June 19, 2019Agri-Horticultural Society of India (AHSI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(“MOU”) with Singapore Botanical Gardens, a unit of The National Parks Board, Singapore, to work together on shared set of objectives for environmental protection and sustainable development.

Under this partnership both parties will extend mutual cooperation to foster capacity building and training in horticulture, through knowledge sharing on management and appreciation of the living heritage. The organisations will work together on public interpretation and educational outreach activities. Skill development for staff will be facilitated through exchange programmes, and invitations to relevant horticulture shows, conferences and workshops organised by either institution. AHSI and Singapore Botanical Gardens will also collaborate towards implementing joint horticulture projects of mutual interest.

Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Sunil Kanoria, President, AHSI, said: “Climate change and environmental issues are some of the most serious concerns at present. It has therefore become extremely crucial for institutions which are dedicated towards the cause of safeguarding our environmental heritage to come together and share knowledge to achieve this common goal. We at AHSI are excited about our partnership with Singapore Botanical Gardens. It is not only one of the best park attractions in Asia, but it is also the only tropical garden to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

Founded in 1959, Singapore Botanical Gardens showcases the best and most spectacular of tropical flora set in stunning verdant landscape. The Gardens possess an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. Complementing these unique resources are sensitive developments and entertainment events providing visitors educational and recreational facilities amidst the wonders of nature. The Gardens is also an important centre for tropical botanical and horticultural research, education and conservation.

HISTORY

The AHSI was founded in 1820 by Rev. Dr. William Carey, with the objective of developing and promoting agriculture & horticulture in India, and is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Its first Agriculture & Horticulture exhibition was held as early as 1828 and the Society meanwhile catered to the needs of the agri-horticultural activities of the country and acted as the de facto Agricultural Ministry of the Government of India, till 1900. First ever agricultural journal in the country was published in 1837 by the Society. The AHSI has a unique history of achievements. It has played a pioneering role in the introduction of a wide array of cereals, cash crops, cinchona, many fruits, tea, sugar cane, vegetables, flowering plants and trees and ornamental plants etc. In the past, Governor General, Viceroys had been the chief patrons of the Society. The AHSI today captures the passionate love for plant life and is dedicated to taking the Indian agri-horticulture to new realms.

ACTIVITIES

The AHSI, apart from holding regular Flower Shows of various kinds, also holds competitions like Summer and Winter Garden Competition, House Plants Show, Mango Mahotsava, etc. It also propagates rare plants, shrubs, trees and offers advisory services to plant lovers of the city, to build the bridge between nature lovers and nature. This apart, the AHSI is known for its development and preservation of Medicinal and Herbal plants. It also works with a laboratory for Research and Development now engaged in Tissue Culture. In fact, the AHSI works with “Ipecac”, a special kind of plant with multi-purpose uses, including treatment of dysentery. Educational activities include holding International Seminars, conducting Short Courses Training Programme on Mushroom Culture, Bonsai Culture, Home Gardening, etc. This Society holds one year Certificate course on Horticulture at the Society’s Carey Institute for Boys, affiliated to Calcutta University. Besides this, it also organises exhibitions and conferences on Agri-Horticultural subjects. The AHSI is actively engaged in designing, developing and implementing various landscape projects including their maintenance in and around Kolkata. Besides this, AHSI also offers consultancy and advisory services.

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