After three years of research, the Himalayan Bioresources Technology Institute (IHBT) located in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh achieved this success. Every year in the country, raw material worth Rs 600 crore is purchased from other countries to make asafetida. There are about 60 asafetida processing units in Hathras (Hathras0) of UP.
The country was so successful
Himalayan Bioresources Institute Chief Technology Officer Dr Sanjay Singh told GKTodayCurrentAffairs.Com: “The raw material to make asafetida comes from Iran, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The raw material worth 600 million rupees is purchased in one year. But from this year the planting of asafetida will start in Himachal Pradesh. This plant is planted in our laboratory.
We have been investigating this together with the Ministry of Agriculture for three years. We have been successful in this investigation. After Himachal, this plant will also be planted in Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand. This plant requires a cool and dry climate. This plant is ready in 5 years. However, if someone has secretly tried to plant a sapling without any technical help, then the matter is different. Otherwise, according to the records, this is the first time we are going to plant young trees.”
Raw material from Iran-Afghanistan to manufacture asafetida.
This is how asafetida is made from raw materials from abroad
Shyam Prasad, a Hathras resident and asafetida connoisseur, says that razine (milk) comes from Iran, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. This milk comes from a plant. Earlier traders used to bring the milk directly to Hathras. But now the Khari Babli area of Delhi has become a huge market. But the work of the process is still done in Hathras. 15 large and 45 small units are doing this job. The oily resin (milk) released from the plant is processed together with the flour. Now some units have been opened in Kanpur as well. In addition to the country’s asafetida, it is exported to Gulf countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, etc.
What did the Hathras merchants say about the investigation?
Asafetida trader Shubham Bansal from Hathras says: “Even after such a long time, we are still dependent on other countries for asafetida raw material. So asafetida is one of the expensive spices. Yes, once before, an attempt was made to extract milk by planting a sapling in Himachal Pradesh. But neither the quality obtained from it nor the farmer obtained the profit according to the cost. It is good if this is successful.
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Tags: Afghanistan, Agricultural Research Institute, Gulf, Himachal Pradesh
PUBLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME : June 12, 2020, 2:21 p.m. IST