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Srinagar Nov 24: A three-day training program on “Good Agricultural and Collection Practices for Medicinal and Aromatic Crops (GACP)” concluded on Saturday here at Faculty of Forestry, SKUAST-Kashmir.

The training program was organized for the farmers and collectors by the Faculty of Forestry Division of Forest Products and Utilization in collaboration with ICAR-Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research, Anand Gujarat.

While addressing the gathering of scientists, trainees and collectors Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad, Director Extension SKUAST-K impressed upon the scientists to promote cultivation of medicinal and aromatic crops in the specific identified clusters/zones having potential for cultivation and to promote such collection practices. He asked the scientific fraternity to utilize their scientific knowledge for the benefit of farming community. He also advised the organizers to organize more awareness programs on medicinal and aromatic crops in future.

Dr. S. A. Gangoo HOD, Forest Products and Utilization, Faculty of Forestry, SKUAST-K in his address outlined the importance of MAPS and advised farmers that implementation of GACP is the key guide tool to medicinal plant growers and collectors for meeting the increasing demands of the herbal industries.

Dr. A. P. Reddy Scientist ICAR-DMAPR highlighted the importance of such training program and said that the training to the stake holders is the only way to disseminate the knowledge and technology to the real users at the grass root level.

Program coordinator of the training program, Dr. Amarjeet Singh gave a detailed account of the training program and highlighted the importance of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Collection Practices (GCP) of MAPS for increasing farmer’s income.

Earlier Dr. K. N. Qaiser formally welcomed the participants and guests, Dr. A. A. Wani delivered the vote of thanks and at the end of function the certificates of participation were distributed among the farmers.