14 December 2020, Punjab, IN: The School of Organic Farming, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organized a farmers’ training programme on “Production and Processing of Aromatic and Spice Crops” in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Pathankot. The programme was organized under the aegis of Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, Calicut, Kerala, in which about 80 farmers participated.
Dr Rajendar Kumar, Principal Investigator of the project, highlighted the importance of aromatic, herbal and spice crops, and elaborated the cultivation practices of turmeric and mentha.
Dr Bikramjeet Singh, Deputy Director, KVK, Pathankot briefed the participants about the scope of aromatic and spice crops in district Pathankot.
Dr SS Walia, Senior Agronomist, shared information on profitable aromatic and spice crop based cropping systems.
Lectures were also delivered by Dr Rajender Kumar, Dr Amit Kaul, Dr Vijendar Pal, Dr Tarsem Chand, Dr Subash Singh and Dr Khushdeep Singh Dharni on processing of turmeric and other spice crops; cultivation of Cymbopogon species; production practices of seed spices; insect pest and diseases of aromatic, medicinal and spice crops and their management; agri-business model for aromatic and medicinal plants; and export procedure for agri-commodities.
Thereafter, experts held discussion with the farmers and answered their queries. Dr Kuldeep Singh Bhullar, Fruit Scientist and Dr Rakesh Kumar, Entomologist, familiarized the participants with aromatic, medicinal and spice crops by arranging an exhibition showcasing various aromatic and spice crops and their products. To further popularise the crops, plants of Brahmi, Desi Gulab, Magh, Stavar, Arjun, Karonda, Gurmar, Lajwanti, Curry Patta, Akarkara, etc. were distributed among the participants. The participants lauded the efforts of the organizers.
Dr Amit Kaul, KVK, Pathankot, proposed a vote of thanks.
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