Medicinal plants in Assam will now have an assured market.
The National Medicinal Plants Board has approved a Rs 7,77.73 lakh-project for “conservation, development and sustainable management of medicinal plants”.
The three-year project will involve plantation of different medicinal plants on 2,000 hectares in five districts — Kamrup, Nagaon, Chirang, Dibrugarh and Cachar. The members of the joint forest management committees will execute the project.
The chief conservator of forests (research, education and working plans) of Assam, R.P. Agarwalla, today said this is the largest ever project approved in the medicinal plants sector for the state. It will help the sector to grow commercially, he added.
The National Medicinal Plants Board, set up in November 2002 by the Centre, has the primary mandate of co-ordinating all matters relating to medicinal plants and support policies and programmes for growth of trade, export, conservation and cultivation.
The board is located in the department of ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy (AYUSH) of the Union ministry of health and family welfare.