Aroma Mission-Purple Revolution: Lavender Cultivation-CSIR, IIIM-Doda District, J&K YouTube Lecture Handouts

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Aroma Mission - Purple Revolution: Lavender Cultivation - CSIR, IIIM - Doda District, J&K Geography
  • To support domestic aromatic crop based agro economy by moving from imported aromatic oils to homegrown varieties.
  • Lavender is a crop native to Europe, but was introduced in the temperate regions of this state by the CSIR Aroma Mission in the districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Rajouri

Lavender: Aromatic Plant Initiative by CSIR & Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu (IIIM Jammu)

  • Replacing maize cultivation in Doda District in J&K
  • Apart from being in sync with government policy of doubling farm incomes by 2022, lavender cultivation also provided employment to the district՚s women farmers thus gave impetus to inclusive growth.
  • Can help regain the fertility of degraded soil
  • Nectar from lavender produces honey rich in anti-oxidants
  • 4 times more income with lavender rather than doubling the income
  • The nodal laboratory is CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP) , Lucknow. The participating laboratories are CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR-IHBT) , Palampur; CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (CSIR-IIIM) , Jammu etc.

1 hectare lavender farm = 40 l lavender oil

Lavender Oil

Lavender Water


  • Replacing maize cultivation in Doda District in J&K
  • Main product is Lavender oil which sells for at least ₹ 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.
  • Aromatic Plants include lavender, damask rose, mushk bala, etc. - Vidarbha, Bundelkhand, Gujarat, Marathwada, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha
Aromatic Plants
  • Lavender extracts from the farmers in Doda and other J&K districts like Rajouri, Ramban and Pulwama where Aroma Mission was introduced in 2018.
  • There are four distillation units set up by CSIR-IIIM Jammu in Doda and two more have been proposed to meet the increased demand.
  • The mission is to increase lavender cultivation to 1,500 hectares within three years
  • To maintain the genetic purity of good lavender saplings, we skilled our farmers in vegetative propagation
  • Spread to Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Nagaland & Assam.
  • Lavender, a drought-resistant crop, can be grown on poor soil and likes lots of sun but needs little water.
  • Easy to grow, no irrigation, requires cow dung
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) , which in 2016 launched the Aroma Mission, encouraging farmers whose livelihoods were affected by the climate emergency to grow crops such as lavender, rosemary and lemongrass, and medicinal plants such as ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng or Withania somnifera.

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