New Delhi, Sept. 10 -- In these tough times for agriculture in Northern belt on account of non-remunerative returns and increasing incidences of crop loss owing to wild animals, Himachal Pradesh is flexing its flower power.

It has become the largest producer of high quality wild marigold essential oil (4 tonnes per annum) in the country to meet the demand of perfume, flavouring, and condiment industries.

The CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur in the Himalayan State is doing its bit in this regard by helping and training farmers introduce high value aromatic crops such as wild marigold, damask rose, lavender, rosemary, lemongrass and mushkbala under CSIR Aroma mission.

Dr Sanjay Kumar, Director, CSIR-IHBT ...