7-day program on ‘Value Addition of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants’ concludes at JU

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 21: The seven-day skill development programme on “Value Addition of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants for health security and entrepreneurial opportunity” concluded today at University of Jammu (JU).
The programme was organized by Regional cum Facilitation Centre, Northern Region-II, National Medicinal Plants Board, Union Ministry of AYUSH under the aegis of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Kashmir in collaboration with Department of Botany, University of Jammu.
The valedictory function held today started with the welcome address by Professor Susheel Verma (Head, Department of Botany, JU). Imam Din (Managing Director, J&K Horticultural Produce Marketing and Processing Corporation) was the chief guest of the function.
Earlier, Prof Sheikh Bilal Ahmed (Regional Director, RCFC NR-II, SKUAST-K) gave a comprehensive overview of a variety of interactive sessions organized during the training programme.
Prof Veenu Kaul, coordinator of this programme, also highlighted the vital role of Medicinal and Aromatic plants endemic to Jammu and Kashmir for livelihood generation and health security and emphasized upon the significance of value addition in upskilling farmers and enhancing their income.
Twenty-five participants from the Department of Botany and School of Biotechnology, University of Jammu were the stakeholders. A total of 17 lectures and two field visits comprised the 7-day skill development programme.
During this workshop, the eminent resource persons from SKUAST-J, SKUAST-K, Central University of Jammu, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Jammu and Reasi), Horticulture and Handicrafts Department (Kathua), Regional Ayurveda Research Institute (Jammu), CSIR-IIIM (Jammu), JK Entrepreneurship Development Institute and State/UT Medicinal Plants Board (Jammu) shared their expertise with the participants.
The programme motivated stakeholders to work towards setting up small entrepreneurial set ups and become job providers rather than job seekers.
Dr Geeta Sharma (Assistant Professor, Department of Botany) presented the vote of thanks while Hrishi Manchanda (Research Scholar of Department of Botany) conducted the proceedings.