14th November, 2017
The XXV annual group meeting of All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants & Betelvine was held at the Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology (MPUAT), Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Dr. T. Janakiram, Assistant Director General (Hort. Science), ICAR, New Delhi, in his inaugural address said that “Horticulture crops play important role in doubling the farmer’s income in which medicinal and aromatic plants play vital role in increasing the farmer’s income”. He suggested future thrust areas of research which includes raw drug adulteration, conservation and climate change in medicinal and aromatic plants.
Dr. B.S. Chundawat, Formerly Vice Chancellor, Sardar Krishinagar Dantiwada Agriculture University (SKDAU), Dantiwada, Gujarat, said right information on medicinal and aromatic plants play vital role in ensuring comprehensive healthcare of the village people. He opined that, there is a need for introduction of new medicinal and aromatic plants for cultivation in the country.
Prof. U. S. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, MPUAT, Udaipur highlighted the importance of medicinal and aromatic plants in the economy of the Rajasthan.
Earlier, Dr. A.K. Mehta, Director of Research, MPUAT, Udaipur highlighted the importance of medicinal plants in primary healthcare.
Dr. P. Manivel, Project Co-ordinator, AICRP-MAP&B (acting) briefed about the research achievements of the AICRP-MAP&B for the past one year and also highlighted the actions taken for the implementation of the technical programme of the project.
During the 4-day deliberations, research achievements and future technical programme of AICRP-MAP&B project was reviewed in different technical sessions such as Crop Improvement, Crop production, Crop protection and Phytochemistry.
A new Isabgol variety “Vallabh Isabgol-1” developed by ICAR-DMAPR, Anand was identified for national release.
39 publications on profile of AICRP-MAP&B canters and status of medicinal and aromatic plants including Betelvine were released during the workshop.
Tamil nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore and Anand Agricultural University, Anand were bagged Best AICRP-MAP&B centre award for the year for their significant research contributions.
The workshop was attended by more than 120 participants across India, Deans and Heads of various departments MPUAT, Udaipur and Press & Media.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research , Anand)