Aroma Mission

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     Context 

    Aroma Mission is generating new avenues of self-livelihood and entrepreneurship.

    Aroma Mission

    • It was launched in 2016 to boost the cultivation of plants like lavender which have aromatic medicinal properties through new technology developed by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).
    • It is envisaged to bring transformative change in the aroma sector through desired interventions in the areas of agriculture, processing and product development.
    •  It also seeks to provide technical and infrastructure support for distillation and value-addition to farmers/growers all over the country, apart from enabling effective buy-back mechanisms to assure remunerative prices to the farmers/growers.
    • The objectives include
    • Development of superior varieties and their agro-technologies and assessment of their suitability for specific agro-climatic regions.
    • Value-addition of aromatic crops (High-end aroma chemicals and products) 
    • Skill development activities
    • Intellectual property generation, valuation and management
    • Entrepreneurship development/Spin-offs
    • Business development
    • Making public aware of Mission activities and achievements using an appropriate interface.
    • Benefits
      • It will promote the cultivation of aromatic crops for essential oils that are in great demand by the aroma industry.
      • It is expected to enable Indian farmers and the aroma industry to become global leaders in the production and export of some other essential oils on the pattern of menthol mint.
      • It is expected to provide substantial benefits to the farmers in achieving higher profits, utilization of wastelands and protection of their crops from a wild and grazing animal
    • Achievements
      • CSIR has contributed significantly to the development, nurturing and positioning of the essential oil-based aroma industry in the country.
        •  This has led to the creation of an ecosystem benefitting the industry, farmers and next-generation entrepreneurs. 
      • It has generated rural employment of farmers, spurred entrepreneurship in aromatic oils and other aromatic products manufacturing, and lowered the import of essential and aromatic oils. 
        • The Mission has generated 10 to 12 lakh man-days of rural employment and more than 500 tonnes of essential oil worth Rs.60 crores was produced during the last two years.
      • Today, with CSIR’s Aroma Mission, important medicinal and aromatic plants are being cultivated in 6,000 hectares of land. 

     

    Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).

    • It is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Science and Technology and the largest research and development (R&D) organization in India.
    • CSIR covers a wide spectrum of science and technology from oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining.

    Source: PIB