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BHADARWAH: Under the aegis of Ministry of Science and Technology, a one day training-cum-awareness programme on “Cultivation, Processing, Value Addition and Marketing of Lavender” was organized by CSIR, Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, (IIIM) under CSIR-Aroma Mission-2 in Jammu and Kashmir’s additional district Bhadarwah on Wednesday.The day long programme was held at Community Hall, Kotli.Beside training programme, three distillation units installed by CSIR-IIIM, Jammu under Aroma Mission Phase-2 located at village Drudhu, Sungli and Dandi areas of Bhadarwah were also inaugurated by Dr. Sagar D. Doifode, Deputy Commissioner, Doda and Er. Rajneesh Anand Chief Scientist IIIM, Jammu.More than 300 farmers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders from different areas of Chenab valley participated in this programme.Chief Guest Dr. Sagar Dattaray Doifode said, “today is a historic day for Bhadarwah as we have inaugurated three lavender oil distillation units in one day. This will be of great help to the farmers and will further increase Lavender cultivation in the region.”“I am sure that income of the farmers will increase many folds by adopting cultivation of Lavender and other aromatic crops,” DC added saying that district administration will construct sheds on all the three distillation units under MGNREGA.Dr. Sumeet Gairola, Nodal Scientist, CSIR-Aroma Mission (IIIM, Jammu) conveyed directorial message of Dr. D. Srinivasa Reddy, Director, IIIM Jammu.While delivering his lecture, Dr. Reddy encouraged participants to take advantage from this opportunity being provided under CSIR Aroma Mission.Er. Rajneesh Anand, Chief Scientist, IIIM, Jammu suggested that the farmers should follow guidelines on aromatic crops for uplift and support the youths for their economic development and employment generation in their endeavours.ADC Bhadarwah Rakesh Kumar said that administration will support farmers in every possible way to increase Lavender cultivation in the Bhadarwah region.Dr. Sumeet Gairola while conducting the programme informed farmers about various aspects of CSIR-Aroma Mission. He informed that IIIM under Aroma Mission Phase-2 will install two more distillation units in Bhadarwah area within six months.Dr. Qazi Parvaiz, Principal Scientist, IIIM, Jammu discussed about history, achievements and future of Lavender cultivation in Chenab Valley.The progressive lavender farmers and young entrepreneurs from Chenab Valley were also felicitated in the programme. The young entrepreneur award was given to Touqeer Bagban, JK Aroma for promoting Lavender cultivation in Chenab valley. Bharat Bushan received Master farmer award for adopting outstanding farming practices in the field of Lavender cultivation. Anil Kumar received Innovative Farmer Award. The progressive farmers Faizullah Sheikh, Abhay Katal, Abhinesh Kumar, Om Raj, Nek Chand, Roshan Lal, OM Nath, Rajat Raina and Bal Kishan received appreciation award in recognition of their hard work and dedication to make Lavender cultivation successful in Jammu division.The programme was attended by many dignitaries including Chandra Shekhar, DFO Bhadarwah, Shafqat Mehmood Malik, Touseef Bagban, Maloop Singh and others.
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