As part of an awareness programme to promote the cultivation of medicinal herbs, 50 schools in the district will be provided seeds and saplings.

With Ayurveda gradually regaining its lost lustre as conferences and workshops around the city are seen discussing its benefits, the formal inauguration of an Oushadha Sasya Thottam (medicinal herb garden) in schools in the district is yet another marker of its growth. Minister for Health V.S. Sivakumar launched the programme at the Karthika Tirunal Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Manacaud here, on Wednesday.

The eco-club of the school now has the responsibility to nurture close to 80 varieties of herbs granted to them by the Pharmacognosy Unit, Ayurveda Research Institute, Poojappura. “The project is funded by the Kerala State Medicinal Plants Board, but we are the implementing agency,” G.R. Jayakumar, a research officer of the institute, said.

As part of an awareness programme to promote the cultivation of medicinal herbs, 50 schools in the district will be provided seeds and saplings. Herbs such as Pavizhamalli, Nelli, Naga Poovu, and Njaval are among the herb varieties that the pharmacognosy unit provided.

The Minister stressed the need to promote Ayurveda and said the government would take all necessary steps to ensure that the field was encouraged and tapped for the overall development of the State.

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