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Purple Revolution | Lavender Cultivation | UPSC
Purple Revolution | Lavender Cultivation
WHY IN NEWS:
‘Lavender Cultivation’ under CSIR-IIIM’s Aroma Mission to be started in Ramban as a part of Purple Revolution
AROMA MISSION | PURPLE REVOLUTION 2022
- An ‘Aroma Mission’ has been launched to boost cultivation of aromatic crops like lavender, rosemary and lemon grass keeping in view plight of farmers involved in traditional agriculture and their flight from rural areas due to climate change.
- It is implemented by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)
- Aroma Mission launched by the Union Ministry of Science & Technology through the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, which has led to the well-known “Purple Revolution” in India.
- It begins with introduction of high-value essential oil bearing lavender crop through its Jammu based laboratory, Indian Institute of Integrative Medicines (IIIM) for cultivation in districts Doda, Kishtwar, Rajouri and later also in the other districts including Ramban, Pulwama, etc.
- In a brief span of time, aroma/lavender cultivation has become a popular option in farming for agricultural Start-up.
- Lavender is an herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean.
- The oil has cosmetic uses, and it is believed to have some medicinal uses.
- Lavender essential oil, in contrast to the plant form, is toxic when swallowed.
- Over 500 youth had taken benefit from the purple revolution and augmented their income many-fold.
- Lavender cultivation under Ministry of Science and Technology’s AROMA mission will help in providing means of livelihood to budding farmers and agri-entrepreneurs and give a boost to Start-Up India campaign and promoting a spirit of entrepreneurship in the region.