GUWAHATI, April 28 - Pragya, a scientific and industrial research organisation recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India, organised a multi-stakeholder consultative two-day workshop on promoting research and cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants in Assam at the NEDFi Convention Centre.
The workshop facilitated exchange of knowledge between technical experts and local farmers and grassroots agri-extension workers.
The event was held under the aegis of a Pragya programme on enhancing agricultural income of farmers, currently being implemented in Assam and Uttarakhand.
Experts from the State Medicinal Plant Board, CSIR/NEIST, Assam Agricultural University (Jorhat), BN College (Sonitpur), Cotton University (Guwahati) and Government Ayurvedic College/AYUSH (Guwahati) took part in the deliberations.
The experts shared their knowledge on cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants which have high market value and delineated potential areas of participatory research. They also shared inputs on mixed cropping and organic farming methods for medicinal plants.
The experts interacted with over 40 progressive farmers, women�s self-help groups from Sonitpur and Lakhimpur districts, and grassroots agri-extension workers trained and facilitated by Pragya.
Pragya, the host organisation, has been working since 1995 for the development of vulnerable communities and has over two decades of experience and expertise in addressing livelihood security and climate adaptation. It has a Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council.