New role for medicine farm

Steps to revive: Forest Minister Benoy Viswom at the Sanjeevani Herbal Medicine Farm of the Forest Department at Kulathupuzha, near Kollam, on Tuesday.  

Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: Forest Minister Benoy Viswam has said that the Forest Department’s Sanjeevani Herbal Medicine Farm at Kulathupuzha here will be developed into a study hub for ayurveda students.

He was inaugurating a workshop on herbal medicine plants organised by the Forest Department at the farm on Tuesday.

The Minister said that the farm, set up in 1988, had fallen into neglect. But now, the potential of the farm had been realised and attention was being given to its proper development.

Students can visit

Ayurveda colleges and botany departments of arts and science colleges can send a forty-member group, comprising students and teachers, to spend a whole day at farm to learn more about herbal medicine plants. The department will provide lunch for them.

He added that the farm would be open to the public.

The function was presided over by Punalur MLA B. Raju. Additional Principal Chief Forest Conservator V. K. Sinha and Forest Conservator D.K. Varma spoke.