Lavender Cultivation’ under CSIR-IIIM’s Aroma Mission will be started in Ramban district (Jammu Kashmir) as a part of Purple Revolution.
- Aromatic Plants include lavender, damask rose, mushk bala, etc.
- Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) is a contemporary R&D organization under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
- The Purple or Lavender Revolution was launched in 2016 by the Union Ministry of Science & Technology through the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Aroma Mission.
- Lavender cultivation is practiced in almost all the 20 districts of Jammu & Kashmir.
- Under the mission, first-time farmers were given free lavender saplings, while those who had cultivated lavender before were charged Rs. 5-6 per sapling.
- To support domestic aromatic crop based agro economy by moving from imported aromatic oils to homegrown varieties.
- Main product is Lavender oil which sells for at least Rs. 10,000 per litre.
- Lavender water, which separates from lavender oil, is used to make incense sticks.
- Hydrosol, which is formed after distillation from the flowers, is used to make soaps and room fresheners.