CSIR-IIIM organises ‘scientist--farmer-industry interface’
Post by on Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Pulwama, June 13: CSIR- Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu organised a "Scientist-Farmer-Industry" interface Monday at its Field Station Pulwama under the patronage of Dr. D. Srinivasa Reddy, Director CSIR-IIIM, wherein the stake holders of Aroma Industry viz, Farmers, Entrepreneurs, Krishi Sakhis from National Rural Livelihood Mission, PG Scholars from IUST, Awantipora, J&K and eminent Industrialists from Essential Oil and Agro Chemical Industry were present in the programme.
During the day long programme deliberations and brainstorming on opportunities in cultivation and processing of aromatic crops, utilization and value chain of indigenous aromatic oils and products was conducted.
Speaking on the occasion eminent industrialist and CEO of Sankhu Baba International, Ramakant Harlalka appreciated the role of CSIR-IIIM in supporting the stake holders in the sector through various initiatives and congratulated for convening the Scientist-Farmer-Industry interface that would aid in forming a network and value chain in the sector.
He also informed that the essential oil industry offers huge demand to the essential oils and other raw material from crops like Lavender, Rose, Rose Scented Geranium and other aromatic plants for their utilization in the production of high end cosmetics, perfumery, therapeutics, food and beverage industry. Dr Shahid Rasool, Senior Scientist and Incharge CSIR- IIIM Field Station Pulwama informed that CSIR has contributed significantly in the development, nurturing and positioning of essential oil-based aroma industry in the country which has led to creation of an ecosystem benefitting the industry, farmers and next generation entrepreneurs. He also highlighted the prospects of different aromatic crops in generating gainful business and employment opportunities through eco-tourism.