Two-day lavender festival inaugurated in Bhaderwah
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Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated the two-day lavender festival at Bhaderwah in Jammu on 4th June.
An overview of the news
He said Bhaderwah has emerged as the Lavender capital of India and Agri StartUp destination.
CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu organized the event as part of its 'One Week One Laboratory' campaign.
Dr Jitendra Singh described Bhaderwah as the birthplace of India's 'Purple Revolution' and a destination for agri-startups.
This is a flagship project of CSIR, under which lavender cultivation is being promoted in the temperate regions of Jammu and Kashmir region.
The objective of this project is to increase the income of small and marginal farmers and to develop agri-based startups.
The project is being directly monitored by the Union Minister of State for Science & Technology (Independent Charge) Dr. Jitendra Singh.
Under his directions, lavender cultivation is being promoted at CSIR-IIIM Bhaderwah and other parts of J&K.
A specific species of lavender, RRL-12
CSIR-IIIM has developed its own unique species of lavender (RRL-12) and cultivation technology of lavender.
This species of lavender has proved very suitable for lavender cultivation in rainfed temperate regions of India.
CSIR-IIIM initiated lavender cultivation under CSIR-Aroma Mission and provided more than 30 lakh lavender plants free of cost to the farmers of different districts of J&K.
What is lavender cultivation?
Lavender is a popular aromatic herb known for its beautiful flowers and soothing fragrance.
It is widely cultivated for various purposes, including ornamental, culinary, and therapeutic uses.
It belongs to the Lamiaceae family.
Lavender flowers are used to flavor various dishes, desserts and beverages.
It is also a popular ingredient in teas and herbal infusions.
Lavender oil is widely used in aromatherapy, perfumes, soaps, candles, and cosmetics.
Some popular lavender varieties include English lavender, French lavender and Spanish lavender.
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