Activities / Achievements

 

Promoting Mass Cultivation

Although the implementing agency for cultivation is Horticulture Department, SMPB has worked to promote the sector:-

  • A Hi-tech Nursery with two poly houses have been established by SMPB in collaboration with Department of Floriculture Kashmir, where 10 high commercial value medicinal plants have been propagated for distribution to the farmers/ Govt organizations; Species propagated at Hi Tech Nursery (1 Hectare) Botanical Garden, Srinagar are :-

Botanical Name Common Name
Qty of Planting Material
Picrorrhiza kurroa Kutki 6000 plants
Viola odorata Banafsha 7000 plants
Sausseria lapa Kuth 100 plants
Rheum emodi Revand 500 plants
Podophyllum hexandrum Ban Kakri 300 plants
Lavendula officianalis Lavendar 5000 plants

Ministry of AYUSH GoI has recently asked J&K SMPB to submit the State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) under Medicinal Plants component and act as Nodal Agency for the component. Accordingly, SAAP for the year 2019-20 to the tune of Rs. 107.00 Lakhs was prepared and submitted to Ministry of AYUSH GoI for approval. Highlights of SAAP 2019-20:

  • 06 Cluster of Farmers (Three in Jammu Division, Two in Kashmir Division and one in Ladakh Division) who shall take mass cultivation of Medicinal Plants

  • 03 Nurseries of high demand Medicinal Plants

  • 2 Marketing cells one each in Jammu and Kashmir Division

Capacity Building

  • 400 farmers were trained from 2015-18. Accordingly, Buyer seller meets have been organised with participation of all the stakeholders.

Awareness/ Technical Assistance

  • J&K SMPB provided technical guidance to Defence Forces for establishment of Herbal Gardens in their Camp premises. SMPB also arranged planting material for these Herbal Gardens.

  • Accordingly, Herbal Gardens were established in Northern Command  Udhampur, Hariachak Jammu, Victor Force Awantipora Kashmir, and Badamibagh Cantonment Srinagar.

  • J&K SMPB continuously organizes awareness camps in almost all the districts of the State.

  • J&K SMPB also participates in Employment fairs, National AROGYA fairs, Tourism Department Fairs so that all the aspects of the sector are taken care of.

Research

  • Projects of the prestigious research institutes of J&K viz a viz IIIM (CSIR) J&K, SKUAST J/K, Shri Mata Vaishno  Devi University, University of Kashmir (Botany/ Bio-Technology Deptt), Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, DRDO Leh, State Forest Research Institute, J&K, etc.  are recommended on fast track by J&K SMPB to Ministry of AYUSH GoI for funding.

  • SMPB has initiated observatory researches at its own level. Recently, a research was con