02 December 2021, New Delhi: School of Organic Farming, PAU Ludhiana organised a farmers’ training programme on ‘Cultivation and Processing of Aromatic & Spice Crops’ in collaboration with KrishiVigyan Kendra, Langroya, SBS Nagar on November 30, 2021. This programme was organised under the aegis of Directorate of Arecanut & Spices Development, Calicut, Kerala and 75 farmers participated in the programme. Dr Rajendar Kumar, Principal Agronomist coordinated the training programme. Dr SS Walia inaugurated the programme and shared the information on profitable aromatic and spice crop based cropping systems. Dr Amandeep Singh Brar, Deputy Director, KVK Langroya, SBS Nagar briefed the participants about scope of the aromatic and spice crops in district SBS Nagar.
Dr Rajender Kumar highlighted the importance of aromatic, herbal and spice crops and elaborated the cultivation practices of turmeric and mentha. Lectures on processing of turmeric and other spice crops, cultivation of Cymbopogon species, production practices of seed spices, insect pest and diseases of aromatic, medicinal & spice crops and their management, Agri-Business model for aromatic and medicinal plants & export procedure for agri. commodities were delivered by Dr Rajender Kumar, Dr Vajindar Pal, Dr Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, Dr Tarsem Chand, Dr Subash Singh, Dr Khushdeep Singh DharniandDr Tejbeer Singh. Thereafter, the experts had a fruitful discussion with the farmers and answered their queries. Dr Kuldeep Singh Bhullar, Fruit Scientist and Dr Vajindar Pal, Agronomist familiarized the participants with aromatic, medicinal & spice crops by arranging an exhibition showcasing various aromatic & spice crops and their products. Fenugreek seed of variety ML 150 was distributed among the farmers. To further popularise these crops plants of Gudmar, Bajradanti, Satavar, Ajwainpatta, Kalmegh, Lemongrass, Curry patta, Akarkaraetc were distributed among the participants by Dr Rajender Kumar and Dr Amandeep Singh Brar. The participants were highly satisfied with the programme and desired more such kind of trainings in future. The training ended with vote of thanks by Dr Tejbeer Singh, KVK Langroya, SBS Nagar.