Aroma Mission

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Apr 21, 2022, 12:45

For the well-being of the farmers and the growers, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched a significant scheme, the Aroma Mission. The primary motive of this advantageous mission is to promote the cultivation of aromatic crops for essential oil and bring additional 30,000 hectares of land under cultivation through desired interventions in the agricultural sector.

Aroma Mission is very valuable because it helps increase the income of the growers and farmers through the cultivation of high-demanding aromatic crops. Not only do farmers of India benefit from this mission, but the aroma industry and future entrepreneurs can also avail the benefits of this scheme to become global leaders in the production and export of aromatic oil.

Aroma Mission and its Purpose

CSIR launched the Aroma Mission in 2016 to enhance the cultivation of plants with aromatic medical properties like Lavender, Rosemary, Aloe Vera, Mint, Musk Bala, Menthol, and other various species. This mission is initiated in Jammu and Kashmir, also known as the Lavender or Purple Revolution. The Aroma Mission has facilitated significant ease to the farmers and growers of up to 17 states of India.

Farmers have faced the difficulty of frequent incidents of unwanted weather, which cause them extreme loss, which accounts for maximum suicides rates. However, up to 4000 farming families have directly availed the benefits of the Aroma Mission. It also significantly allows employment to female farmers, hence providing impetus to inclusive growth.

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Aims and Objectives of the Aroma Mission

  • This important mission aims to promote the cultivation of aromatic crops for boosting the high valued and high demanding essential oil.
  • Aroma Mission allows an effective buy-back mechanism to increase the income of the farmers and the growers. Furthermore, it offers them valuable advantages like protecting their crops, profit maximisation, and utilisation of barren land.
  • Adds value to farmers and growers across the country by offering infrastructural and technical support for distillation.
  • It brings additional area under captive cultivation of aromatic crops by interventions of CSIR.

Besides the welfare of farmers, this scheme adds value to the aroma ingredients and essential oil. It helps make the Indian aroma industry a global leader in producing and exporting aromatic oil.

Coverage of the Aroma Mission

  • The Aroma Mission covers up to 14 high-value and high-demanding aromatic crops extended over 3247 hectares.
  • The aromatic crops include Lavender, Rosemary, Aloe Vera, Mint, Musk Bala, Damask Rose, Mehndi, Menthol, and other aromatic medicinal crops.
  • This mission benefited the farmers of the 17 states, including Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Gujarat, Odisha, Bundelkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Marathwada, and other states.
  • It benefited more than 3100 farmers by offering them various significant benefits.

The Aroma Mission is an exceptional gateway for promoting the cultivation of aromatic crops and boosting the income of the farmer and grower. This scheme helps to level up the production and export of essential oil and aromatic ingredients in the global trade economy. Hence, this mission accomplished its objective by benefiting the farmer and enabling India to become a leading exporter of aromatic oils.

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FAQs on Aroma Mission

Q.1) What is the primary motive of the Aroma Mission?

The primary motive of the Aroma Mission is to promote the cultivation of aromatic crops for essential oil and bring additional 30,000 hectares of land under cultivation through desired interventions in the agricultural sector.

Q.2) What is the Significance of the Aroma Mission?

The Aroma Mission is very valuable because it helps increase the income of the growers and farmers through the cultivation of high-demanding aromatic crops.

Q.3) Who launched the Aroma Mission?

CSIR launched the Aroma Mission in 2016 to enhance the cultivation of plants with aromatic medical properties like Lavender, Rosemary, Aloe Vera, Mint, Musk Bala, Menthol, and other various species.

Q.4) What does the Aroma Mission cover?

The Aroma Mission covers up to 14 high-value and high-demanding aromatic crops extended over 3247 hectares.

Q.5) Which aromatic crops are included in the Aroma Mission?

The aromatic crops under the Aroma Mission include Lavender, Rosemary, Aloe Vera, Mint, Musk Bala, Damask Rose, Mehndi, Menthol, and other aromatic medicinal crops.