The Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) organised a training programme for farmers at Upper Shillong for cultivation of medicinal plants.
The plants include Swertia chirayita (Chirayita) and Gaultheria fragrantissima (Jathynrat). This training was organised by IBSD under the Himalayan Bioresources Mission and the guidance of Prof Pulok K Mukherjee, Director of IBSD, to promote medicinal plant resources of the region for societal benefit and livelihood generation.
During the programme, farmers from Mawbeh village, East Khasi Hills, were trained in the cultivation and propagation of Chirayita, Jathynrat and explored various field trials of medicinal plants growing on the IBSD campus.
During the event, aromatic oil extraction was performed from Jathynrat and demonstrated to farmers. IBSD is organising such programmes in the North Eastern region to promote bio-entrepreneurship and bio-economy from bioresources. The programme was also attended by students, scholars and scientists of IBSD.