The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-North-East Institute of Science and Technology (CSIR-NEIST) has been working on CSIR-Aroma Mission with the objective to propagate the high yielding varieties of citronella and lemon grass, patchouli, kaempferia galanga in the northeastern states.
The institute has signed an agreement with more than 30 farmer’s groups and NGOs for propagating the aromatic plants in more than 3000 hectares of land by ways of facilitating improved distillation units including establishment of marketing channel besides implementing its Floriculture Mission, Nutraceuticals and Wellness Mission, CSIR said in a release.
It said that development of high yielding variety, production of quality planting materials of aromatic and medicinal plants, cultivation and demonstration of floricultural crops, installation of processing technologies, along with experimental fields are important activities being carried out for the benefit of the farmers and entrepreneurs in the Northeastern Region.
It also mentioned that CSIR-NEIST is the one and only multidisciplinary laboratories of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of the central government located in Jorhat and having two branch Laboratories, one in Manipur (at Lamphelpat, Imphal) and another in Arunachal Pradesh (Itanagar).
Stating that the institute has developed several sustainable technologies covering broad areas from environment to energy and agriculture to healthcare, it said over the years, the institute has generated more than 120 technologies.
The CSIR Aroma Mission, Floriculture Mission is some of the priority projects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for doubling the farmers’ income, it said, adding CSIR-NEIST is also implementing a project “STINER” which is a very ambitious, innovative and challenging project focusing social and economic development in North Eastern region.