fbpx
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

A first: hing cultivation in Himachal valley

Reading Time: 2 minutes
Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Source

The Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur, has, along with farmers of the remote Lahaul valley in Himachal Pradesh, taken up cultivation of asafoetida (hing) to utilise the vast expanses of wasteland with cold desert conditions of the region, a statement said on Monday.

“The first seedling of asafoetida was planted by Dr Sanjay Kumar, Director, CSIR-IHBT on 15th October at a farmer’s field in village Kwaring of Lahaul valley to mark the initiation of cultivation of asafoetida in India,” said the CSIR statement.

The plant prefers cold and dry conditions for its growth and takes approximately five years for the production of oleo-gum resin in its roots, therefore cold desert areas of Indian Himalayan region are suitable for its cultivation of asafoetida, said the CSIR, under which the IHBT comes.

One of the top condiments in Indian cuisine, asafoetida is a high-value spice crop in India. The country imports about 1,200 tonnes of raw asafoetida annually from Afghanistan, Iran and Uzbekistan, spending approximately $100 million.

A ferula asafoetida plant. Source

READ ALSO: India’s biggest piggery development project launched in Meghalaya

Lack of planting material of ferula asafoetida plants in India was, however, a major bottleneck in the cultivation of this crop.

CSIR-IHBT brought in seeds of asafoetida and made relentless efforts for introduction of this important crop in the country.

The institute introduced six accessions of seeds from Iran through ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (ICAR-NBPGR), New Delhi in October 2018. ICAR-NBPGR confirmed that in the past thirty years, this has been the first attempt for the introduction of asafoetida seeds in the country.

CSIR-IHBT raised the plants of hing at CeHAB, Ribling, Lahaul & Spiti, under the vigil of the NBPGR.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced the introduction and cultivation of hing in the state in his budget speech, on March 6 this year.

An MoU between CSIR-IHBT and Himachal’s Agriculture Department was signed on June 6, a collaboration for the cultivation of hing in the State. A capacity-building programme was organized for officers of the department in July.

IANS
READ ALSO: India prohibits the export of onions

- Advertisement -

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Podcasts

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

0
  Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

0
  To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

0
  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic death...
- Advertisement -

Latest News

simone ashley bridgerton

WATCH: Bridgerton’s Simone Ashley, Charithra Chandran discuss season 2

0
  Among many other exciting announcements on Tudum (Netflix’s three-hour video showcase) earlier this week was the unveiling of season 2 of Bridgerton, giving fans...
yash dutt yuva ai

Youth entrepreneur Yash Dutt on this year’s 40 Under 40 list

0
  You would be hard-pressed to find a more impressive 20-year-old than Yuva AI Founder and CEO, Yash Dutt. Yuva AI creates synthetic data that can...

Your questions about work and vaccinations, answered

0
  Can my employer force me to get vaccinated? The simple answer is no. The more realistic answer is, it depends.  An employer cannot force...
Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana Indian players in wbbl 2021

Indian players in Women’s Big Bash League 2021

0
  Two-time Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) champions Sydney Sixers have signed up Indian players Shafali Verma and Radha Yadav ahead of seventh season of...

AUSvIND women’s cricket: what we learned from the ODIs

0
  In an article previewing the Indian Women Cricket Team’s tour of Australia, I proposed that we could be in for a treat. From the...