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Indira Gandhi Agriculture University is Centre of Excellence for medical, aromatic plants
12-05-2014

RAIPUR: The Indira Gandhi Agriculture University has been made Centre of Excellence for medicinal, aromatic plants and non-timber forest produce.

Chairing a one-day workshop on medicinal, aromatic plants and non-timber forest produce organised under the joint aegis of agriculture department, forest department and Indira Gandhi Agriculture University, here on Sunday, Governor Shekhar Dutt in his address said that the university is the centre of excellence for the whole country. The non-urban and non-industrial related products were mainly of agriculture related, he added.

Director General of Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Secretary Agricultural Education and Research Department New Delhi Dr S Ayyappan, Secretary, Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry N Sanyal, additional chief secretary and APC Ajay Singh, vice chancellors of various universities, state and central government officers and scientists were present at the workshop.

The governor said that though the medicinal, aromatic plants and non-timber forest produce looks different, but not different subject. The objective of all is to develop bio product together and for that the university, agriculture, forest and horticulture departments, research and educational institutions need to work as a team.

Director General of Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Secretary Agricultural Education and Research Department New Delhi Dr S Ayyappan said that this workshop would be proved as a milestone. Union Health and Family Welfare Minister N Sanyal said that coordination needed among different departments working in the areas of production of medicinal, aromatic plants and non-timber forest and should prepare a systematic road map for its all round development.

APC Ajay Singh said that there were wide possibility of development of medicinal, aromatic plants and non-timber forest and for that progressive farmers and industrial sectors link to it should be involved.

At the outset, vice chancellor of the university, SK Patil, while informing about the objective of the workshop said that in view of the medicinal, aromatic plants and non-timber forest, the university has been made Centre of Excellence. He said that the life of 14 lakh families of the state is based on the non-timber forest produce.

In the workshop, scientists of 11 different areas made audio-video presentation on medicinal, aromatic plants and non-timber forest.