IIIM organizes workshop on Aroma Mission

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 8: CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine Jammu organized national workshop on the theme, “CSIR-Aroma Mission: Value Addition of High Value Aroma Ingredients for Socio-Economic Upliftment & Rural Prosperity” to do a brainstorming for devising the strategies for value addition of aromatic plants that can empower farmers and promote entrepreneurship in rural areas.
The delegates, industrialists and entrepreneurs drawn from all over India attended this workshop, which was  conducted under the supervision of Dr  Ram Vishwakarma, Director, IIIM and president of Workshop, Er  Rajneesh Anand, Chief Scientist & Chairman, and Dr. Tasduq Abdullah, Organising Secretary.
During the daylong deliberations of workshop, it was said that the Ministry for Science and Technology has launched National Aroma Mission as its effort to scientifically augment India’s perfumery, essential oil and Ayurvedic products industry because the Indian perfumery was a traditional industry and its growth would be boosted by injecting the right scientific inputs.
Dr S V  Shukla from Fragrance & Flavour Development Centre (FFDC) Ministry of MSME, Govt  of India, Nivedita Assar M/s Mohini Agency Industrial Fragrances (I) Pvt. Ltd Navi Mumbai, Ajay K. Jain, MD Virat Exports Pvt  Ltd  New Delhi, Dr  Ramakant Harlalka, Nishant Aromas, Mumbai, Dr  R L  Gupta from Menthol and Allied, Ghaziabad, Dr  Sumit Gairola and Dr  Perwaiz Hassan were among the main speakers who presented their work covering research & development and commercial aspects of aroma and its scope for entrepreneurship.
At the inaugural function, Dr  Ram Vishwakarma, Director, CSIR-IIIM, Jammu,  said that CSIR-Aroma Mission has been launched to boost cultivation of aromatic crops like lavender, rosemary and lemon grass and medicinal plants like ashwagandha and satavar, keeping in view plight of farmers involved in traditional agriculture and their flight from rural areas due to climate change.
Dr  Ram Vishwarkarma also informed that a regional centre of CSIR-IIIM, Jammu will be started at Leh in coming summer where some aroma crops shall also be cultivated under the current aroma mission.
Er  Rajneesh Anand presented vote of thanks whileas Dr  Deepika Singh conducted proceedings of the workshop.