Outreach Extension Activities

  1. One day visit of high school students of Kabilabad H E School, Dikraijan, Napam, Assam under SSR program

Tezpur University (TU), Assam and CSIR-CIMAP, Lucknow signed MoU on 24th September 2018 to explore and strengthen the academic as well as research collaboration in the frontier areas of biology. One of the areas we focused was on the field extension activities to conduct training and awareness programs to promote cultivation of medicinal and aromatic crop plants (MAPs). A clustering farming approach was undertaken comprising of 15-30 farmers that have been formed to promote large scale cultivation and processing of some aromatic crops. We provided soil health card to farmer’s cluster that included the basic soil test parameters such as pH, organic carbon (OC), electrical conductivity (EC), nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K) and GPS data (latitude, longitude, and altitude) and crop-wise recommendations of nutrients and fertilizers to help farmers to improve productivity at lower investment. A multi-location field trials of high value-aromatic crops such as Rose, Lavender, Salvia, Geranium, Chamomile, Lemongrass, Wild marigold, etc among farmers living in border areas of Shi Yomi and West Kameng Districts of Arunachal Pradesh have been successfully conducted. A Clevenger based analysis of oil recovery and yield of some essential oil extracted from the selected aromatic crops such as Salvia (0.9%) and Geranium (0.2%) have been successfully performed. TU in collaboration with the CSIR-CIMAP, CSIR-IHBT Palampur and CSIR-IIIM Jammu have conducted one-day seminar, three-day capacity building workshops and 10-day field trip to CSIR-IHBT Palampur and CSIR-IIIM Jammu to promote field exposure and awareness on nursery development of aromatic crops and their cultivation and the event was sponsored by the North-Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) Guwahati. University is mentoring some of the farmers to register a farmers producer organization (FPO) that would provide further linkage to marketing of aromatic produce including other agri-horti products and to avail the benefits and facilities of State as well as Central Government sponsored schemes. TU and CIMAP have recently installed stainless steel field distillation unit with cohobation column of 1000 litre capacity in the farmers cluster of Boha Village, Kalaktang, Arunachal Pradesh to enable farmers to extract essential oils of aromatic crops. Some of the photographs taken during the seminar and extension activities are provided below.