Saffron to be Cultivated in Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh
Guwahati: Saffron, which was only confined to the Kashmir region can now be cultivated in the northeast region of the country. North East Centre for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR) under Saffron Bowl project has identified few locations in Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya for the cultivation of saffron.
This was informed by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Jitendra Singh in Lok Sabha today.
As per NECTAR reports, there is a good growth of organic saffron with flowers in Arunachal Pradesh, while in Meghalaya sample plantations were grown at Cherrapunji, Mawsmai and Lalingtop sites.
Under the Saffron Bowl project, NECTAR has identified five locations in Meghalaya which are Barapani, Cherrapunji, Mawsmai, Shillong and Lalingtop.
The whole project will cost Rs. 17.68 lakhs for Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya. Out of which, a tentative amount of Rs.6.00 lakhs has been earmarked for Barapani (Meghalaya) site.