Trg on aromatic plants cultivation held

RUNNE, Aug 9: Several farmers participated in a training programme on the ‘importance of aromatic plants in Arunachal Pradesh’, organized here in East Siang district by Jorhat (Assam)-based North East Institute of Science & Technology in association with the College of Horticulture & Forestry (CHF), Pasighat, on Thursday.
The programme was a part of the Aroma Mission launched by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), which aims at promoting cultivation of aromatic crops for economic enhancement of the rural farmers through the aroma-based industry.
Addressing the participants, CHF Dean Prof BN Hazarika emphasized on cultivating aromatic plants along with other crops “in an integrated manner” to enhance the income of rural farmers, while CSIR scientist Dr Mohan Lal dwelt on the cultivation and processing of high-yielding varieties of aromatic plants such as citronella, lemongrass, patchouli, etc.
The scientists present provided the farmers with technical knowledge about aromatic plants, and advised them to replace their old varieties of citronella, lemongrass and patchouli with improved varieties to boost production.