CSIR-IIIM Jammu conducts Special training programme for farmers

JAMMU: A one day special training programme on “Cultivation, Processing, Value Addition & Marketing of Aromatic Crops” under CSIR-Aroma Mission for farmers of Arunachal Pradesh was conducted today by CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), Jammu.

A group of farmers from West Siang, West Kameng and Tawang districts of Arunachal Pradesh attended training programme. Dr Ram Vishwakarma Director, IIIM welcomed the farmers and apprised them about Aroma Mission. Dr Vishwakarma in his address informed farmers that through Aroma Mission CSIR aim to accelerate developmental process of farmers in the remote areas of the country including North Eastern states.

He assured full support from IIIM side to the farmers from Arunachal Pradesh under Aroma Mission. Dr Nima Namsa, Assistant Professor, Tezpur University, who was heading delegation of farmers apprised audience about expectations of the visiting farmers from Arunachal Pradesh. Dr Sumeet Gairola, Scientist, IIIM gave detailed introduction to IIIM Aroma Mission activities in different parts of the country including North Eastern states.

He pointed that Aroma Mission has brought farmers and scientists from two Himalayan states viz., Jammu and Kashmir (Northwestern Himalaya) and Arunachal Pradesh (Northeastern Himalaya) situated at the extreme ends of the country together. Scientists from IIIM, Dr Ravi Shanker, Dr Rajendra Bhanwaria, Dr VP Rahul and KK Sharmaimparted training to the visiting farmers ranging from cultivation and processing of aromatic crops to their marketing and value addition. Dr SR Meena and Chandra Pal Singh gave field demonstration on agrotechnology and essential oil distillation of various aromatic crops at IIIM Chatha farm, Jammu to the visiting farmers.

Quality planting material of Lavender, Ocimum, Lemongrass, Rosagrass, Salvia, Jammu Monarda and Geranium for 50 acres area was given to the visiting farmers. Event concluded with vote of thanks by Dr Sumeet Gairola. He thanked CSIR, NEDFi Guwahati, attending farmers, participants, research scholars and media for supporting this event.

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