CSIR-IIIM Jammu launches Aroma Mission at Leh

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH, May 9: CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu, today officially launched CSIR-Aroma Mission at Leh Ladakh.
An awareness programme “Catalyzing Rural Employment through Cultivation, Processing, Value Addition & Marketing of Aromatic Plants” was conducted under CSIR-Aroma Mission, here at Shenam Hall, Leh, Ladakh.
A team of scientists from CSIR-IIIM,  comprising of Dr  Dhiraj Vyas and Dr  Sumeet Gairola interacted with a group of more than 100 farmers, students, women self help groups and other participants from different parts of Ladakh.
Dr Dhiraj Vyas provided introduction to research and societal initiatives of IIIM in Ladakh.
Dr Sumeet Gairola gave detailed introduction about CSIR- Aroma Mission to the participants and shared the details of aromatic crops suitable for Leh Ladakh.  He said that Leh is very suitable for some high value aromatic crops like wild marigold, clary sage, Jammu Monarda, Mentha spp, etc and informed that Director, CSIR-IIIM, Dr Ram Vishwakarma is very keen to see the cultivation of these crops in Ladakh at the earliest.
Chief guest of the programme,  Sargun Shukla,  SSP  Leh,  in her address,  appreciated participation of large numbers of women in this programme and encouraged them to take advantage of this opportunity being provided under CSIR-Aroma Mission. She also emphasized that people of Ladakh should encourage their children to take up farming in modern way to improve their income.
Research scholar from CSIR-IIIM,  Zubair Ahmed facilitated the awareness programme and interacted with participants about CSIR-Aroma Mission in local language. Other dignitaries,  who attended programme, included  Karma Tsering, Director, Mentsekhang Leh;   Suraj Singh, DSP;  Zubida,  president  AMI Womens Group;  Dolma, retired CMO and coordinator of women self help group from Phey.