Director IIIM-CSIR highlights use of medicinal, aromatic plants

Excelsior Correspondent

Dr Ram delivering lecture during JK Agricultural Science Congress at SKUAST-Jammu on Thursday.
Dr Ram delivering lecture during JK Agricultural Science Congress at SKUAST-Jammu on Thursday.

JAMMU, Oct 29:  “State of Jammu and Kashmir possesses immense potential for cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants and rural prosperity can be restored via propagating these plants for sustainable rainfed agriculture”.
This was stated by  Dr Ram Vishwakarma, Director, Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (formerly RRL) while delivering a brainstorming lecture at the second day of 4th  JK Agricultural Science Congress at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-Jammu).
Dr Vishwakarma  stressed that medicinal and aromatic plants have played a key role in human health. “J&K State has great botanical diversity, however, only a relatively small number of these plants have been subjected to accepted scientific evaluation for their potential medicinal effects,” he added.
In the technical session, Dr V K Taneja, former VC, GADVASU,  delivered an invited talk on “Challenges and Strategies for Managing Animal Health and Productivity in J&K whereas Dr M Y Zargar, Dean FoA, SKUAST-K,  spoke on Organic farming for Sustainability and Resilience: Potential role of Microbes. Dr U C Sharma, former National Coordinator NATP-ICAR, delivered an informative talk on Potential Indigenous Water Management System. Dr Manoj Menon, Executive Director, National Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture, delivered a talk on the Sustainable Biovillage Model. Dr SS Kukul Professor Soil Science PAU Ludhiana, delivered a talk on Rain Water Harvesting.
30 oral presentations were made and more than 100 posters were displayed by eminent scientists/scholars of the country in their respective fields of specialization in the 2nd consecutive day of the JK Agricultural Science Congress.
Department of Agriculture, Jammu, has put up their stalls to showcase the technologies and field activities and various live exhibits of various seeds. Local specialties like Poonch Moth, Rajouri Cowpeas, Ganthia Garlic, Turmeric and Kachalu  from Reasi were the main attraction of the Agriculture Department. The Agriculture Information for cultivation of Mushroom, Potato, Various Cash Crops, Vegetables, Beekeeping and guidelines including pattern of assistance are being displayed by different sections of the department.


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