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India’s unidentified medicinal plants diversity estimated

November 18th, 2010

TOI: Around four lakh species of plants and animals in the country are yet to be identified, as many biodiversity-rich areas remain inaccessible, said M Sanjappa, director of Botanical Survey of India.

According to Sanjappa, the plant taxonomy (finding, describing, classifying, identifying, and naming) by scientists and researchers is in process. However, it will take years to report on all the species due to the inaccessibility of places, and because of this, utilisation of plants, too, remains unexplored.

While delivering the GB Deodikar Memorial lecture on Floristic diversity of India’ at the Agharkar Research Institute on Wednesday, Sanjappa said there are 1.27 lakh species of plants, animals and microbes in the country. About 33 per cent of the higher plant species are endemic (native to a particular place). “There are a number of species in different groups. For example, there are 17, 588 species of angiosperms, of which 5,725 are endemic. The three megacentres of endemism are Western Ghats, eastern Himalaya and western Himalaya,” he said.

Sanjappa pointed out that threatened and endangered species also cause concern. Despite the rules and regulations, poaching is rampant with wild species hunted and sold in the market.

About medicinal plants, he said there are approximately 17,500 species of flowering plants that are used in traditional system of medicine in the country. “We are not able to screen all these species. For example, tribal medicines use 8,000 species, unani uses 700 species, ayurveda uses 9000 and siddha uses 800 species, whereas in modern medicine, only 30 plant species are used,” he said.

Sanjappa stressed that there are invaluable reserve of economically important species and genetic resources. India is one of the 18 megadiversity centres with four hot spots, and the seventh largest in the world encompassing a varied landscapes rich in natural resources.

The range of diversity comprises of ecosystem diversity, species diversity and genetic diversity. About 1,500 wild edible plant species are used by villagers. There are 3,000 medicinal species, of which 85 per cent are wild, Sanjappa said.

Himachal farmers to be trained to grow medicinal herbs.

July 29th, 2010
Health and Ayurveda Minister, Dr. Rajiv Bindal,  said that Rs. 2 crore would be spent for imparting training in production of medicinal & herbal plants to the farmers of Himachal Pradesh. He said that the various herbal plants which could not be sold earlier due to ban and now these had been brought under market scheme so that farmers could benefit by producing them.
Presiding over the review meeting of Ayurveda Department, Dr. Bindal said that under the able leadership of Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, the State Government was committed to provide better health care services to the people and added that main emphasis was also being laid for popularising ayurvedic system of medicines especially in rural areas of the State.
He said that during the review of working of Ayurveda Department, it was found that 1,03,257 patients were admitted in Ayurveda hospitals during 2008-09 as compared to 1,27,206 in 2009-10 which was 19 percent increase against previous year.
Health Minister said that under Panchkarma system of medicine 7211 patients and under ‘Kashar sutar’ 844 patients were benefitted so far. He said that at present 15 ayurvedic hospitals were providing Panchkarma facilities and nine ayurvedic institutes ‘Kashar Sutar’ System of medicines. He said that, however, in 2008 only six hospitals were providing ‘Panchkarma’ treatment and two ayurvedic institutes ‘Kashar Sutar’ medicines treatment to the people of the State.
Dr. Rajiv Bindal said that Ayurveda Nursing College would start functioning this year and admission in the college would start in September, 2010. He said that similarly admission in Ayurvedic pharmacy college would also start in the month September, 2010. He said that Centre of Excellence in ‘geriatric’ health care and centre of excellence in ‘Dravya Gun’ were being upgraded by spending Rs. 63 lakh on each hospital for construction of buildings, equipments and medicines. He said that construction works of 25 ayurvedic health centres buildings had been completed and added that construction works of remaining 25 buildings would be completed by the end of the year.

Ayurveda cluster to be built near Pune

June 24th, 2010
An ayurveda industry cluster and common facility centre will be built at Kolawadi near Pune at a cost of Rs 16 crore, with the work expected to commence in 2011.
The city-based Maharashtra Ayurveda Centre Private Limited (MACPL) is building the cluster, which will have world-class raw material standardisation and processing centres, quality control laboratories, research centres, manufacturing centres for entrepreneurship and skill development in the field of ayurveda.
While the total cost of the project is Rs 16 crore, the department of AYUSH — which falls under the ministry of health and family welfare — has granted a subsidy of Rs 10 crore to the project. The remaining amount will be raised by the MACPL.
Speaking to TOI, Sunita Belgamwar, chairman, MACPL, said, “The cluster will come up at Kolawadi near Pune on the Pune-Bangalore highway. The common facility centre will be developed on 54,000 sq ft. It will benefit ayurveda drug manufacturers, traders, medicinal plant farmers, distributors, ayurveda practitioners, researchers and students.”
She said the MACPL consists of around 35 organisations that will be among the primary investors in this project. “We are expecting the project to commence by 2011. The cluster will bring additional employment opportunities in the ayurveda sector in the state.”
Belgamwar said the Union government has sanctioned two ayurveda clusters for the state and the other one will come up in the Konkan area. She said the Centre will also provide subsidy for cultivation of medicinal plants, which farmers will supply as raw material. In fact, the Centre recently gave subsidy to farmers from Vidarbha for cultivating medicinal plants.

CII Kerala and state to set up ayurveda village

June 11th, 2010
The Kerala unit of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in partnership with the health department will set up an ayurveda village in the state’s Kannur district.
“We will be the facilitator. In the village precious herbs and medicinal plants would be cultivated by the locals. We will provide them the saplings and the techniques for cultivation. Once the plants are ready, we will help them to sell their produce for a good price,” said P. Ganesh, Kerala CII chief.
He said there is a huge demand for herbs and medicinal plants from companies manufacturing ayurvedic medicines.
He also said the ayurveda hospital in Kannur would be upgraded.
Earlier in the day, a CII delegation, led by its southern region chairman Kris Gopalakrishnan, called on Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan to discuss areas of cooperation.
“We have identified areas where we will work for turning the state into a destination for investment and the thrust areas would include IT, tourism, development of traditional industries besides infrastructure development. A master plan for cities in the state also is being planned,” said Gopalakrishnan.
He also said that for speedy development of the state basic infrastructure is essential.

Five Assam districts to grow medicinal plants

May 20th, 2009

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.

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