Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Meghalaya conducted field training on propagation and cultivation of Swertia chirayita (Chirayita) and Gaultheria fragrantissima or the fragrant wintergreen, locally known as Jathynrait and Lathynrait under the Himalayan Bioresource Mission at Mawbeh, East Khasi Hills district today.
Farmers were trained on agro-techniques, cultivation, raising, market linkage and support through slide presentation followed by field demonstration of agri-practices.
Field equipment like secateurs, gumboots, billhook, water cane, spade, khurpy and shovel along with saplings of Chirayita and Jathynrait were distributed to the farmers.
IBSD is regularly organising a series of such programmes to promote local traditional medicinal plants propagation, cultivation aiming for livelihood generation. Under the Himalayan Bioresources Mission, various programs are initiated related to advanced research focusing on agriculture, horticulture, medicinal and aromatic plants and microbial resources, while taking up translational research for societal development.