SRINAGAR: CSIR- Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine on Monday organised a scientist, farmer and industry at its Field Station in Pulwama that was presided over by Dr D Srinivasa Reddy, Director CSIR-IIIM.
The day-long programme witnessed deliberations and brainstorming on opportunities in the cultivation and processing of aromatic crops, utilization and value chain of indigenous aromatic oils and products.
Dr Shahid Rasool, Senior Scientist and Incharge CSIR- IIIM Field Station Pulwama informed that CSIR has contributed significantly to the development, nurturing and positioning of the essential oil-based aroma industry in the country which has led to the creation of an ecosystem benefitting the industry, farmers and next-generation entrepreneurs. He highlighted the prospects of different aromatic crops in generating gainful business and employment opportunities through eco-tourism.
Munazah Jeelani, founder of Zayaan Organics while thanking the organizers for convening the event sought the support of CSIR-IIIM in capacity building and training of new entrepreneurs for value addition and product development utilizing indigenous essential oils and raw materials. Later in the programme, demonstration visits to the Lavender, Rose and Clarysage fields and Rose oil distillation were conducted by Dr Iqra Farooq and Dr Rozy Rasool.
Speaking on the occasion eminent industrialist and CEO of Sankhu Baba International, Ramakant Harlalka appreciated the role of CSIR-IIIM in supporting the stakeholders in the sector through various initiatives and congratulated them for convening the meeting that would aid in forming a network and value chain in the sector. He also informed that the essential oil industry offers huge demand for essential oils and other raw materials from crops like Lavender, Rose, Rose Scented Geranium and other aromatic plants for their utilization in the production of high-end cosmetics, perfumery, therapeutics, food and beverage industry.
Khursheed Ahmad, Lead District Manager, JK Bank, while speaking at the event informed the participating stakeholders about different entrepreneurship-oriented credit schemes and incentives launched by the Government for the development and promotion of the entrepreneurship ecosystem involving product and process development in the aroma sector.