28th September, 2016
The XXIV annual group meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants & Betelvine (AICRP-MAP&B) was inagurated at the Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (Dr. YSPUH&F), Nauni, Solan, Himachal Pradesh today.
Dr. T. Janakiram, Assistant Director General (Hort. Science), while inaugurating the meeting highlighted few important issues concerning the project, in particular to climate change, species erosion, species mapping, high yielding varieties, seed standards, marketing and post harvest technology of MAP&B crops. He also presented the prospects of the AICRP-MAP&B.
Dr. P. L. Gautam, former Chairperson, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmer’s Right Authority, National Biodiversity Authority and Deputy Director General (Crop Science said medicinal and aromatic plants play vital role in ensuring comprehensive healthcare needs of people. He emphasised need for documentation, protection of biodiversity and conservation of MAP&B species.
Dr. V. S. Thakur, Director of Research and Former Vice Chancellor, Dr. YSPUH&F, Solan was the Guest of honour. He presented the history and achievements of Dr. YSPUH&F, Solan.
Dr. Jitendra Kumar, Director, ICAR-Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research and Project Co-Ordinator, AICRP-MAP&B, presented the project report and highlighted the actions taken for the implementation of the technical programme effectively. Dr. Kumar also highlighted achievements at AICRPMAPB centres and new initiatives launched such as region wise customization of agro-technologies, estimation of agro-economics, development of nursery for quality planting materials (QPM) and facilitation centres for capacity building, development of primary processing facilities and work on development of high yielding varieties of medicinal plants.
During the 4-day deliberations, research achievements and future technical programme of AICRP-MAP&B project will be reviewed in different technical sessions.
The annual group meeting was attended by researchers, academicians, entrepreneurs, farmers and policy makers working on Medicinal and Aromatic plants & Betelvine across the country.
The workshop was attended by more than 150 participants across India, Deans and Heads of various departments Dr. YSPUH&F, Solan, Students of Dr. YSPUH&F, Solan, and Press & Media.
(Source: Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan)