Here is one more Meghalaya based organization supporting Agriculture and Allied sectors
The Botanical Survey of India was set up in 1890, more than a century ago and functions under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. If you are a lover of history, you will enjoy reading the detailed story behind the setting up of the BSI.
The eastern circle of the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) was set up in Shillong in 1956 and has jurisdiction over Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. This centre protects 3 biosphere reserves, 12 National parks and 36 wildlife sanctuaries and 4 Tiger reserves.
You may be wondering about the biospheres in North East India. There are two in Assam (Dibru-Saikhowa and Manas) and one in Meghalaya (Nokrek).
To put it broadly, the aim of BSI is to keep track of the diverse species of flora. More specifically the prime objectives are:
- To undertake intensive floristic surveys and collect accurate and detailed information on the occurrence, distribution, ecology and economic utility of plants in the country.
- To collect, identify and distribute materials which may be of use to educational and research institutions.
- To act as a custodian of authentic collections in well planned herbaria and to document the plant resources in the form of local, district, state and national flora
The Eastern Centre of BSI, which is in Shillong, is under a team of 6 scientists.
Team Zizira met with Dr. Ashiho Asosii Mao, a Senior Scientist, has been with BSI since 1990 and has published over 95 research papers. You can read more about him and the BSI, Shillong in our post on Zizira.