Akhilesh Yadav is also known as the environmentalist that he is. From establishing eco-tourism in Uttar Pradesh to setting up multiple schemes to facilitate the purifying of the surroundings, the state government has taken some giant steps in the last few years. To boost cultivation of aromatic and medicinal plants in Lucknow, the government has launched an ‘Aroma and Phyto-Pharmaceutical Mission.’

This scheme has been introduced by Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) to make use of unproductive waste lands. The purpose is to aid medicinal and aromatic plant growth in the state to supply to industries related to aroma business and to propagate traditional system of Indian medicine. Director of CSIR-CIMAP, Prof. A. K Tripathi has been designated as the Mission Director. He said, “Several CSIR institutes from all over the country will join hands to develop and popularise technologies for cultivation, processing, value-addition, product development and marketing of medicinal and aromatic plants.”

Aroma Mission will encourage the people to grow economically important aromatic crops like mint, vetiver, lemon grass, palmarosa, ocimum, patchouli, lavender, and rosemary. Prof. Tripathi hopes that with the government’s support, in the next two years a minimum of 6000 hectares of additional area will get cultivated under this mission.

This mission will generate employment amongst the youth of the rural state and increase income of the farmers who want to be a part of this. The Akhilesh Yadav-led government has, yet again, given us a reason to be proud of them.