Farmers to get benefits of Samruddhi Mahamarg, says Dr Mahendra Darokar
   Date :09-Jan-2023

Samruddhi Mahamarg 
Business Bureau
Dr Mahendra Darokar, Chief Scientist & Coordinator of Mission Aroma and Mission Floriculture, CSIR, Govt of India, recently said that as envisaged by the planning authorities, Vidarbha farmers will get immense benefits from the Samruddhi Mahamarg. He was virtually addressing the participants of the seminar on “Samruddhi Mahamarg se Samruddh Kisan”, organised by the Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) Agro & Rural Development Forum at VIA Auditorium, Nagpur.
Ashween D Nannaware, Principal Scientist, CSIR-CIMAP, Lucknow, also in charge of Mission Aroma for Maharashtra, while delivering the key note address; said that there is huge scope of cultivation and value-added industrial processing of scientifically developed, region specific, superior varieties, early maturing industrially important crops with lower input costs.
“We suggest mapping a crop wise plan for processing of Vetiver, Geranium, Lemon Grass, Citronella, Palmarosa (for dust pollution control) and high quality herbals like Ashwagandha, Bramhi, Shatavari, Kalmegh, Tulasi, Anantmul, Adusa, Aloe Vera, etc. to cater to the demands of perfumery, cosmetics and agarbati industries including exports, he said. Rohit Agarwal, speaking on the occasion, appealed to the processors and industries to come up on feeder roads to
the highway.
Om Jajodia, Chairman of VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum, emphasized on all possible options for intercrops and companion crops of medicinal plants, aroma grass, along with major crops of Vidarbha.
R B Goenka, Vice President VIA, Shachi Mallick, convener of Agro Forum, Mohan Pokhale, Milind Bodkhe, Rishi Saraf and others were present. The program was conducted by Dr Kirty Sirothia and Shipra Dixit proposed the vote of thanks.