Union minister Jitendra Singh has recently said that Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district would be recognised as a role model in lavender farming owing to farmers cultivating the plant on a commercial scale there.
About ‘Lavender’ –
- Lavandula (common name lavender) is a genus of 47 known species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae.
- The flowers may be blue, violet or lilac in the wild species, occasionally blackish purple or yellowish.
- Lavender has been used over centuries in traditional medicine and cosmetics.
- These flowers grow in temperate areas and are drought-resistant crops.
- A single Lavender plant bears flowers for 15 years, needs low maintenance and can be used from the second year of plantation.
About the AROMA Mission –
- CSIR-AROMA Mission, under the Ministry of Science & Technology aims to develop and disseminate the aroma-related science and technology to reach the end user/clients of CSIR: Farmers, industry and society.
- Under the Centre’s ‘One District, One Product’ scheme, Lavender has been designated as the Doda brand product.
- Bhaderwah, which is also known as ‘Chhota Kashmir’, has a mild cold climate during summers that is ideal for Lavender.
- Bhaderwah is the birthplace of India’s Purple Revolution.
- India’s first National Institute of High Altitude Medicine is also being built in Bhaderwah.
- Bhaderwah (also Bhadarwah Valley) is a town, tehsil and sub-division in the district Doda of Jammu.