Cultivation on cluster approach

The main aim of the cluster approach is to established small medium enterprises (SMEs) for local communities and socio-economic growth of rural families. CAP has adopted a cluster approach for the development of aromatic crops as per agro-climatic zones in Uttarakhand. In the cluster approach, 3-4 aromatic crops are selected to provide herbs for distillation units throughout the year and harvesting calendar is drawn in such a manner that crop has different harvesting period. The distillation unit in a cluster should be established in a radius of 5-6 km to minimize losses due to transportation. Aroma cluster should have a group of farmers not less than five in numbers and the cluster area should be not less than 2.5 hectares. This cluster approach has been introduced first time in the year 2003 at village Rajawala, Dehradun. In this model cluster, farmers have been engaged under aromatic cultivation and about 7200 ha. area brought out. The major crops are Lemongrass, Chamomile, Basil, Japanese Mint, Damask Rose, Citronella, Tejpat and Artemisia.