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First-ever cannabis medicine project coming up in Jammu: Jitendra Singh

The Minister of State for Prime Minister''s Office said it is the first major foreign investment in Jammu and Kashmir after it became a Union Territory

Jitendra Singh | Cannabis | Jammu and Kashmir

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Jitendra Singh
The first ever cannabis medicine project will be set up with the collaboration of Canada at Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) in Jammu, he said in a statement | Photo: WikiMedia Commons

The first ever medicine project will soon be set up in Jammu with Canadian collaboration, Union minister said on Saturday.

The Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office said it is the first major foreign investment in after it became a Union Territory (UT).

The first ever medicine project will be set up with the collaboration of Canada at Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) in Jammu, he said in a statement.

The minister said special permission had to be obtained to produce the pain-relief medicine for patients suffering from cancer, diabetes, etc., using cannabis, which is otherwise restricted for use because of narcotic drug abuse.

The medicine prepared from this plant can be utilised even for export to other countries, he said.

Singh also reviewed the progress of the construction of north India's first biotech industrial park in Kathua near Jammu.

A few other projects are also being set up through the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Union Ministry of Science and Technology in the UT, he said.

The review meeting was attended through video conferencing, by Director General CSIR Shekhar Mande, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor of Rajiv Bhatanagar and Director of IIIM, Jammu, D Srinivasa Reddy.

The meeting was also followed by a virtual visit to the site and inspection of the ongoing work on biotech park.

While reviewing the project, Singh appreciated the fact that the work on the biotech park was being carried out despite constraints of COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister was informed that the deadline for completion of the project had got delayed due to COVID related difficulties and the new deadline would possibly be around February 2021.

Singh called for conducting awareness programmes to sensitise people about the new avenues of livelihood, start-up ventures, entrepreneurship and research which will become available when the biotech park becomes functional.

Spread over an area of around 10.5 acres, the benefits of the biotech industrial park will also be available to the neighbouring states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

Referring to the first ever seed processing plant which is almost ready in Kathua, the minister said the biotech park and seed processing plant will be able to supplement each other's resources and this would be in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of doubling farmers' income.

The projects will promote economic development and also quality export projects, he said.

Singh was also given an update about the lemon grass cultivation project launched by CSIR on his personal intervention.

The minister was informed that presently lemon grass cultivation has been undertaken in districts of Kathua, Udhampur, Doda and Kishtwar, the statement added.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Sat, September 05 2020. 20:56 IST