Palampur, July 2nd
The 40th anniversary of the founding of the CSIR Institute for Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR-IHBT), Palampur, was celebrated here on Saturday.
dr T. Ramasami, Former Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India, gave a speech on “Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy of the Himalayan Biosphere”. In addition to highlighting the contributions CSIR-IHBT has made to society over the past 40 years, Dr. Ramasami also plans to focus on developing technological solutions for a sustainable bioeconomy. He believes that CSIR-IHBT has a critical role to play in serving the nation as an enabler for a sustainable economy that utilizes resources available in the Himalayan biosphere. He emphasized three pillars for sustainable development, namely bearable, just and viable.
The director of the institute, Dr. Sanjay Kumar, presented an annual report of the institute for 2021-22. He said that as part of Phase II of the Aroma mission, the institute covered 1,398 hectares with aromatic plants and expanded its cultivation to 12 states and two union territories. During the year, with institutional efforts, Himachal Pradesh has maintained its position as the country’s leading marigold oil producer with a production of 7.3 tons of oil.
As part of the floriculture mission, the area was expanded to 350 hectares, benefiting 1,004 farmers.