LUCKNOW || The CSIR-CIMAP on Friday released a high yielding Mentha mint variety ‘CIM –UNNATI’ which can produce about 180-190 kg essential oil per hectare. It has 20% higher essential oil and have the potential of doubling the menthol mint farmers income.
The variety was unveiled at the CSIR- Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant (CSIR-CIMAP) hosted 16th Kisan Mela at its headquarters in Lucknow. In the mela, about 5000 farmers from different part of the country participated and interacted with the scientist and industry persons.
Professor Anil Kumar Gupta founder honey bee network, SRISTI, GYAN and national innovation foundation was a chief guest of the function and Ranjana Agarwal, Director, CSIR- NISTADS was the guest of honor during the occasion.
Agarwal in her address to the gathering briefed about the impact assessment of CSIR AROMA MISSION being undertaken by CSIR-NISTADS in different clusters across the country. She told that the feedback from the farmers involved in the Aroma mission is encouraging; particularly the tribal and farmers affected by natural calamities have been benefited immensely by this mission. She praised the efforts of the institute in this mission.
Chief Guest Anil Gupta in his address to the farmer stressed that the farmers should make self-help groups, as well as diversify their agricultural practices to increase their profit margins. He also told that the farmer should not only cultivate the medicinal and aromatic plants but also get involved in value addition so that they can enhance their income manifolds. He requested CSIR- CIMAP to provide the platforms for the farmers involved in value addition during the Kisan Mela to launch their products.
Before the address of Chief Guest Abdul Samad, Director, CSIR-CIMAP in his welcome address briefed the dignities and the participants about the various activities are undertaken by the Institute for the benefit of the medicinal and aromatic farmers.
He also told about the achievements of CSIR-CIMAP in the aroma mission across the country and briefed that about 5000 quintals of high yielding mentha variety ‘KOSI’ would also be distributed today under the aroma mission.
In the Kisan Mela, ‘Aus-gyanya’ and a handbook on geranium cultivation was also released. During this occasion three products ‘CIM Kesh hair oil, CIM-Mridashakti and psoriacim cream was also launched.
In the program, the chief guest and guest of honour were presented a shawl and memento by Dr Abdul Samad, Director, CSIR-CIMAP. The program was convened by Dr Sanjay Kumar. During this occasion, an interactive session among the scientist, industry and farmers was also organized. The queries of farmers were addressed by the scientist and industry persons.
This year, 8 CSIR laboratories, FFDC, SMPB, and NMPB also set up their stalls to demonstrate their farmer’s centric technologies and schemes. In the Mela ground various industry, help group and woman empowered groups had also set up their stalls.