Medicinal plants cultivation gets a boost in Bundelkhand

Cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants like Lemongrass, Sataver, Ashwagandha, Khas and others can prove to be a boon for farmers in Bundelkhand region as these medicinal plants require less water and can stand in hot and humid weather conditions of the region.

This was said by chief scientist Alok Krishna of the CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants during a workshop organized by the institute and GIZ India in Lalitpur on strengthening marketing, processing and cultivation of the medicinal and aromatic plants in the Bundelkhand region.

Krishna highlighted how medicinal plants can adapt to the climatic conditions of the region and bring financial gains to the farmers. “In just eight months a farmer can yield 50 litres of lemongrass oils. Lemongrass cultivation needs no special arrangements to save the plants from extremely hot conditions nor does it need too much water,” he said and added that a road map for the agrarian growth will soon be prepared for the region by the CSIR-CIMAP.

“Bundelkhand can be developed as an ecotourism spot as it has a good forest cover. Also, scientific goat farming in which scientific practices are used for better milk production can help double the income of goat farmers in the region,” Krishna said Lectures on goat farming were delivered by expert Anupam Dixit from the Central Institute of Goat Farming Mathura and senior scientist Ravi Ranjan from Central Institute for Research on Goats, Mathura who highlighted that goat farming can further help in increasing income of the people in Bundelkhand region.

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