JORHAT, April 1: The CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST) in Jorhat, and National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) under the Union ministry of AYUSH, signed a Memorandum of Understanding today for the establishment of the Regional-cum-Facilitation Centre (RCFC) at the institute.
A CSIR-NEIST official informed that the MoU was signed during a virtual meeting on Thursday by the CSIR-NEIST director Dr G Narahari Sastry and Dr JLN Sastry, CEO, NMPB.
The official stated that the proposed RCFC at the institute will act as an one-stop centre for the growers, cultivators, researchers, traders and other stakeholders of medicinal plants and to function in close co-ordination with State Medicinal Plants Boards, the state implementing agency of the medicinal plants component of the AYUSH Mission in the north-eastern region.
The official mentioned that the RCFC is also expected to provide a service window for growers of medicinal plants, support conservation, development, marketing, cultivation of medicinal plants and provide hand holding support to stakeholders in terms of technology dissemination and in establishing primary processing facilities.
The official further informed that in a related development the CSIR-NEIST today organized a webinar on the topic
‘Science, technology and skill development in medicinal, aromatic plants for rural development in the north-east’.
The official informed that the CSIR-NEIST was vigorously working on CSIR-Aroma Mission and propagating the high-yielding varieties of Citronella and Lemon Grass, Patchaouli, Kaeamferia galanga in the Northeastern states as well as other parts of the country through different NGOs/stakeholders/aroma industries/plantation industries and CSIR-NEIST branch laboratories located at Imphal and Itanagar.