Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated seven new indigenously developed varieties of plants to the nation.
He also interacted with farmers to mark the 75th anniversary of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in the national capital on Monday.
"No country would progress without the use of science and technology," Modi said, while interacting with farmers from five states through video conferencing.
The PM also spoke on mitigating the gaps between science and research to the industry and common user.
"Sometimes we do invention but the common man is kept away from those inventions. We need to abridge those gaps," he said.
"Try to give a specific name to your product (vetiver or khus), this would give them unique identity and will increase their marketting prospects," Modi said while interacting with a farmer at Cuddalor, Tamil Nadu who grew khus.
Talking to another farmer from Jorhat, the Prime Minister expressed his happiness.
"I am happy that in spite of being a botany student you decided to return to the farming, while many don't. We need such spirit," Modi said.
The Prime Minister also interacted with the farmers from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Palampur in Himachal Pradesh.
New variations of the plants that have ornamental and medicinal qualities were developed by the CSIR laboratories, particularly Cental Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP).