Lavender cultivation has become a popular option in farming for agricultural Start-ups in J&K: Dr Jitendra Singh – Union Minister

Ministry of Science & Technology:

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that “Purple Revolution” is Jammu & Kashmir’s contribution to “Start-ups India”, an initiative that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016 and today we are observing the first National Start-up Day.

Briefing about the Aroma Mission launched by the Union Ministry of Science & Technology through the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), which has led to the well-known “Purple Revolution” in India , the Minister informed that the CSIR had, to begin with introduced high-value essential oil bearing lavender crop through its Jammu based laboratory, Indian Institute of Integrative Medicines (IIIM) for cultivation in districts Doda, Kishtwar, Rajouri and later also in the other districts including Ramban, Pulwama, etc. In a brief span of time, aroma/lavender cultivation has become a popular option in farming for agricultural Start-up, he said.

Sharing a lesser known fact, Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed that a youth called Bharat Bhushan hailing from remote village Khillani in district Doda has become a role model success story. Bhushan started lavender cultivation in just about 0.1 hectare of land with the support of CSIR-IIIM but as profits started showing, he converted a larger area of maize plantation around his house also into lavender plantation. Today, he has 20 others working on his lavender fields and Nursery while around 500 farmers from his district have also followed him by switching over from maize to perennial flowering lavender plant, he said.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, unfortunately it was never reported in the local media that IIIM Jammu was helping the Start-ups in aroma and lavender farming to sell their produce. Prominent companies like Mumbai based Ajmal Biotech Private Limited, Aditi International and Navnaitri Gamika, etc., are the primary buyers.

In commemoration of Azadika Amrit Mahotsav, Dr Jitendra Singh announced that CSIR has launched Phase-II of Aroma Mission after the completion of Phase-I. In addition to IIIM, CSIR-IHBT, CSIR-CIMAP, CSIR-NBRI and CSIR-NEIST are also now participating in the Aroma Mission,

Pertinent to mention that Aroma Mission is attracting Start-ups and agriculturists from across the country, and during Phase-I CSIR helped cultivation on 6000 hectares of land and covered 46 Aspirational districts across the country. More than 44,000 persons have been trained and several crores of farmers’ revenue generated.

In the second Phase of Aroma Mission, it is proposed to engage over 45,000 skilled human resources with the aim of benefitting more than 75,000 farming families across the country.

A huge dream come true for footballers, football lovers and me personally: Aaditya Thackeray – Minister, Maharashtra Govt.

A huge dream come true for footballers, football lovers and me personally. CM Uddhav Thackeray ji inaugurated the Football Maharashtra Centre of Excellence, Kharghar in presence of AIFF President Praful Patel ji today.

On my humble request, the CIDCO developed a centre of excellence in Kharghar, and we dedicate this to the sportspersons of India.

Spread of 26 acres, 2 of the 4 football Fields of Play are ready at FIFA approved standards and a high performance centre, club house and international stadium is being built.

The training of teams of Asian Football Confederation’s Asian Cup Women is underway and we hope to have Indian national teams and local teams play here, training their way to international wins and glory.

A special thanks to CM Uddhav Thackeray ji for his support, UD Minister Eknath Shinde ji for his crucial backing, AIFF president Praful Patel ji for his guidance, and most importantly CIDCO MD Dr San Mukherji ji for his active role in having a centre of excellence for football.

As we work towards building momentum in sports, we are working on access to sports infrastructure for all, and we envision Navi Mumbai and Panvel to be the hub of Indian Sports with international tournaments and facilities.

I thank members of AIFF and Western India Football Association for their presence in the online inauguration of the Football Maharashtra Centre of Excellence

Imagine the effort! .. : Amit Malviya – BJP leader

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Amit Malviya – National In-charge of BJP’s IT Dept.:

  • 156 crore plus doses administered

  • 99 crore in rural India

  • 76 crore to women

  • 70% of eligible population fully vaccinated

  • 11 crore beneficiaries in Tribal districts

  • 3 crore children administered first dose since the program was initiated

  • Imagine the effort!

Today we mark 1 Year Of Vaccine Drive. I salute each and every individual who is associated with the vaccination drive: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi:

Sri Sri at Sunrise

Remember those wonderful moments you have had. Sit and be with it. In that very memory your entire Being gets back to that state:
Sri Sri

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