Demand of medicinal plants on rise in world: Naik

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Nov 2017 10:01:26


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Ayurveda is getting popular in the world which was renewed the demand of medicinal plants. Youth can encash this opportunity and create self employment, said Shripad Naik, AYUSH Minster. He was speaking at the inauguration of workshop on medicinal and aromatic plants at Agro Vision. Convenor of Agro Vision Dr Girish Gandhi, President of Advisory Committee Dr C D Mayee, expert in medicinal plants Dr Vrunda Kate, Rajendra Kale, Ashok Junwala and Dr Ramdas Ambatkar were also present.

Speaking at the occasion, Sripad Kale expressed his grief on farmers plights. “But, Agro Vision is showing farmers way of success and wealth. Prime Minister himself wants to take efforts on making farmers income double. Government is acting on the same line,” he added.

Rare herbs are also in demand and India has signed MoU with 10 countries in the field of related research. With this, 12 countries are giving Ayurveda education in their universities. AYUSH Ministry has established their centers in 28 countries. In 2014, the demand of medicinal herbs and plants was 5.12 metric tonne which has increased to 700 metric tonne.
“The demand will rise in coming days and to fulfill it, we have to make concrete plans. To encourage this, Government is giving 90 per cent subsidy and farmers should take this grand opportunity and make their way to prosperity,” she said.

Dr Kate said, India is the biggest exporter of medicinal plants. Herbal plants and herbs used in neuracitical, herbal and Ayurved. “The demand of these plants is rising day by day. This is the golden opportunity to create employment in this sector,” Dr Kate said.

“Today, 80 per cent herbs are derived from forests but their plantation is zero. Many herbs and plants are about to extinct, he said. Rajendra Kale explained the benefits in the business.