Kerala

Call to promote medicinal plants

Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, AYUSH Department, has called for promoting cultivation of medicinal plants to strengthen the sector.

He was speaking after inaugurating a consultative workshop on ‘Strengthening Medicinal Plants Sector in the Country’ held at the Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI), Peechi, on Thursday. The workshop was held at the initiative of Regional-cum- Facilitation Centre (RCFC) of the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) - Southern Region.

Role of institutions

He suggested that Forest and Agriculture Departments take up more activities to promote cultivation of medicinal plants.

He also stressed on the contribution of institutions such as farmer producer organisations and Kudumbashree in order to improve supply of herbal raw drugs to meet the increasing demand.

The secretary also inaugurated an information centre of the RCFC Southern Region.

Focus on sustainability

Tanuja Manoj Nesari, Chief Executive Officer, NMPB, New Delhi, stressed the need for the development of a strong and sustainable supply chain management in the medicinal plants sector.

B.S. Sajwan, IFS (Retd.), former member of the National Green Tribunal; Sharmila Mary Joseph, Secretary, Department of AYUSH, Government of Kerala; Vikram Singh, Director (Technical) and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NMPB, and others spoke at the workshop.

The workshop enabled the identification of several issues and solutions related to the collection, conservation, harvest, and marketing of medicinal plants; legal and procedural issues of market; and trade import and export of medicinal plants.

The NMPB has offered support for cultivation of quality planting materials; developing sustainable marketing; and strengthening trade and research through programme mode for ensuring sustainability in all these sectors.

Over 100 delegates, including senior officials of the AYUSH Department; NMPB; National Biodiversity Authority; Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change; NABARD, Forest Department, Agriculture Department, State Medicinal Plants Boards, and State Biodiversity Boards, researchers, progressive farmers, traders, and others took part in the workshop.

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