Mr. Benoy Viswam, Forest Minister has said that the Forest Department’s Sanjeevani Herbal Medicine Farm at Kulathupuzha in Kollam district, will be developed and made into an Ayurveda study hub for Ayurveda students of South India. He was inaugurating a workshop on Herbal medicine plants organised by the Forest Department at the farm on Tuesday.

The minister said that while the farm was started in 1988, it was soon neglected and consequently unable to attain the aim for which it was started. But now, the seriousness of such a farm has been realized and careful attention will be provided for its development.

The Forest Department will be informing all Ayurveda colleges and the Botany department of all Arts and Science colleges to sent groups of students and teachers to spend a whole day at farm, for the purpose of understanding and learning more about Herbal medicine plants. This can be a forty member group and department will provide lunch for them.

He also said that the farm will be open to members of the public so that they could come and learn more about the herbal medicine plants. He wanted the farm to be developed into such an establishment that it could be proudly called a major contribution of the Forest Department to the country.

The function was presided over by the Punalur MLA, Mr. B. Raju. The Additional Principal Chief Forest Conservator, Mr. V. K. Sinha welcomed the gathering and Forest Conservator, Mr. D.K. Varma proposed the vote of thanks.