Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir under the purple mission has been able to change the concept of farming. Hundreds of farmers have switched over to the cultivation of lavender and they are getting handsome returns.
Doda district is leading the way and four distillation units have been set up by CSIR-IIIM Jammu in the district. Farmers from remote areas of district Doda reach these plants for extraction of lavender oil.
More than 800 progressive farmers of Doda have adopted aromatic cultivation which has now proved out to be profitable.
On February 9, 2021, CSIR-IIIM-Jammu announced Aroma Mission phase 2 after the success of the first phase during a grand launch function.
The mission was aimed at increasing lavender cultivation to 1,500 hectares till 2024. Farmers from Uttarakhand, Nagaland and Assam attended the event.
Impressed by the success of Doda’s lavender farmers, the Uttarakhand authorities invited some of them to train their farmers.
To speed up production of lavender saplings for meeting the growing demand, the department of agriculture production and farmers welfare has sponsored naturally ventilated semi high-tech poly green houses, where saplings will be grown scientifically which will eventually help in bringing more area under lavender farming in less time.