This website is developed under the project

“Preparation of web based interactive packages for

selected   Medicinal Crops”

Funded by : National Bank for Agriculture and  Rural  Development (NABARD) under Farmers Technology Transfer Fund (FTTF)

Project period : 1/10/2010 to 31/12/2012
Developed  by

Aromatic and Medicinal Plants  Research Station, Odakkali

# The project envisaged live documentation of cultivation practices of twelve selected  medicinal crops and posting the knowledge in web as text, still photographs and videos for effective and meaningful transfer of technical knowhow to farmers.

# In order to document the various scientific cultivation operations, the selected crops were raised in a sizeable area in the research station and maintained till the end of crop duration.

# Plots of commercial cultivation of Koduveli, Chengazhi neerkizhangu, Neelamari and Ramacham by progressive farmers were located in Trichur, Ernakulam and Malappuram districts and various operations were documented from these plots also.

# Indoor and outdoor shooting were taken employing professional photographers and videographers to record both stills and videos in each crop.

# Agro-technology of the crops was first documented in high quality Digital Video mode and then web posted

List of crops selected
1.  Kaempferia galanga (Kacholam)
2.  Kaempferia rotunda (Chengazhi neerkkizhangu)
3.  Alpinia calcarata (Chittaratha)
4.  Piper longum (Thippali)
5.  Plumbago indica (Chethikoduveli)
6.  Justicia beddomei (Chittadalotakam)
7.  Indigofera tinctoria (Neelamari)
8.  Saraca asoca (Asokam)
9.  Curculigo orchioides (Nilappana)
10. Curcuma aromatica (Kasthurimanjal)
11. Cymbopogon flexuosus (Lemongrass)
12. Chrysopogon zizanioides (Ramacham)


Comprehensive information of each crop including morphological features for identification, varieties, various cultivation operations, harvest and processing, pests and diseases, medicinal properties and uses are provided.

It also contains

  • Brief information on cultivation of about 60 medicinal plants suitable for Kerala
  • Current market price of crude drugs
  • Availability and price of seeds and planting materials of medicinal and aromatic plants at AMPRS, Odakkali
  • Technical bulletins and popular articles on medicinal plants (PDF) from AMPRS, Odakkali
  • Addresses and phone numbers of main user industries in Kerala (district wise) and other states
  • List of about 400 medicinal and aromatic plants available in the station and their colour Photographs  

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