Kashmir Doda district to be recognized as role model in Lavender cultivation said jitendra singh

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Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that farmers in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir are cultivating lavender on a commercial scale. He said that due to this the district would now be recognized as a role model in lavender cultivation. Singh chaired a meeting of the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DISHA) to review the progress of various Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) being implemented in Doda district.

‘Will be recognized as a role model’

Singh said that since farmers are cultivating lavender on a commercial scale due to higher profits, Doda district will be recognized as a role model in lavender cultivation. According to officials, about 400 farmers are cultivating lavender on more than 450 acres of land in dozens of hill settlements of Doda. His income has quadrupled during the last few years after moving from maize to lavender.

‘These companies are the primary buyers’

According to officials, lavender water, which is different from lavender oil, is used to make incense sticks. Whereas hydrosol, which is formed after distillation from flowers, is used in making soap and ‘room freshener’. He said that farmers get help from IIIM-Jammu to sell their produce and many companies, which make products like candles and scented oils, are their primary buyers.

‘To increase cultivation to 15 hectares in the next three years’

Officials said their mission is to increase lavender cultivation to 1,500 hectares within the next three years. Meanwhile, Singh stressed on ensuring synergy between the people’s representatives and the administration while undertaking the projects and said that better coordination is the key to effective implementation of the schemes. He said that it is the effort of PM Modi that the benefits of all centrally sponsored schemes reach all the beneficiaries and the last person. He urged all the stakeholders to work in close coordination for better results at the ground level.

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