BANDIPORA: Additional District Development Commissioner Bandipora (ADDC), Mohammed Qasim on Thursday said that the cultivation of aromatic plants has assumed greater significance, as it has not only huge employment potential but surely a capacity to increase the income level of the society as a whole. He said that the people should come forward for developing Bandipora as a model district in the production of aromatic crops.
The ADDC said the people of Bandipora should co-operate and support the initiatives of CSIR – Indian Institution of Integrative Medicine, Srinagar for leveraging the benefits of commercial cultivation of aromatic plants in the district, an official handout read.
He was speaking during a daylong awareness programme on ‘Cultivation and Processing of High-Value Aromatic Plants’ organised by CSIR-IIIM in collaboration with NGO Raazdani Herbs and Herbal Products Nadihal at mini secretariat, Bandipora.
The objective of the programme was to aware the general masses about the rich biodiversity of medicinal and aromatic plants and to highlight the importance of the frontline aromatic crops suitable for the cultivated and uncultivated lands in district. The programme was attended by a large number of entrepreneurs, farmers, general public and students besides officers of various departments like KVIB, agriculture and horticulture.
Nodal Officer, CSIR Aromatic Mission, Qazi Parvaiz said that the aromatic crops like Lavender, Rose Mary and Mentha Spp are very suitable for the topography of the district and the adjoining areas to enhance the income of rural and marginalised farmers. He said “the cultivation of these crops will open new opportunity for the farmers and unemployed youth for the production of aromatic oils, perfumes, insecticide-repellents, aromatherapy, food supplements and nutraceuticals industry”, the handout added.