Asafoetida is one of the most demanding spices in India. This pungent spice brings a great taste and aroma to our food; in fact, it is used in many home remedies, and thus found in almost every Indian household. However, Asafoetida has been imported to India till the date as it was not grown here. But from now on, India too will grow its seeds for the first time in history. CSIR–Institute of Himalaya Bioresource Technology finally took the initiative to cultivate Asafoetida in Lahaul valley in Himachal Pradesh.
The CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT) has started cultivation of Asafoetida (heeng) for the first time in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh and other parts of the country. pic.twitter.com/hVJAvjBxLX
— The Logical Indian (@LogicalIndians) October 20, 2020
Almost 1200 tons of Raw Asafoetida is imported every year from eastern countries like Afghanistan, Iran, and Uzbekistan. For this, India has to invest around 100 million USD per year.
Asafoetida seeds were brought in India by IHBT and cultivated with Agrotechnology. Its seeds have already been planted by Dr. Saniav Kumar who is the director of CSIR-IHBT.
CSIR constituent laboratory, Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur, makes history by introducing #Asafoetida (#Heeng) cultivation in Indian Himalayan region@AgriGoI @CSIR_IHBT @CSIR_IND @icarindia
— DD India (@DDIndialive) October 19, 2020
On this occasion, the CSIR released a statement that reads: “Due to the efforts of CSIR constituent laboratory, the Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology IHBT Palampur, a historical shift in farming practices is in the offing with farmers of the remote Lahaul valley in Himachal Pradesh taking up cultivation of asafetida (heeng) to utilize vast expanses of wasteland in the cold desert conditions of the region,”
Historic day as Asafoetida cultivation starts in India for the first time. Despite essential ingredient of most Indian cuisine, it’s all imported. Thanks to @CSIR_IHBT this is going to change.@AgriGoI @CSIR_IND @icarindia pic.twitter.com/i49Onw9SFH
— Shekhar Mande (@shekhar_mande) October 17, 2020
CSIR- Institute Of Himalayan Bioresource Technology is working to boost bioeconomy through sustainable utilization of Himalayan bioresources pic.twitter.com/xhurfEF67o
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) May 7, 2017