Ensure supply of quality herbs: VIA to policy makers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Jun 2017 09:27:46


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Regional entrepreneurs engaged in manufacturing of Ayurvedic herbal medicines and minor forest produce (MFP) based industries observed that the State and Central government may take the sector to a new high as Central India is blessed with forest covers which is home for wide variety of herbs with rich medicinal value. The manufacturers said that the availability of the resources may generate huge employment opportunities for the rural masses and also give much needed boost to the region’s economy.

However the entrepreneurs felt that the available herbs cannot rich the industry and thus it remains underutilized.
While giving recommendations and suggestions to the state government officials here in the city recently, the entrepreneurs said that the government should come out with a policy to ensure uninterrupted supply of quality herbs.

“Stringent laws especially with regard to forest and environment and lack of expertise among the suppliers of herbs are making it difficult for the industry to procure good quality law material which is eventually affecting the industry. We want the government to make policy changes and facilitate supply good quality material,” said Chetan Marwah, a core committee member of VIA in a recently held round table meeting of interal divisional committee for development of Vidarbha and Marathwada.

Anoop Kumar - Nagpur Divisional Commissioner presided over the meeting. Marwah said that the government should also encourage cultivation of the herbs. “There are wide range of herbs that can be grown in the fields. Some of the varieties have great demand at national and international level. But majority of the farmers are not aware of these opportunities,” he said adding that the government should play a role of facilitator and encourage the farmers to cultivate hurbs.

Bharat Bhushan Shrikhande, Director - Baidyanath Ayurveda and a VIA core committee member - stressed on creation of Herbs Federation in association with Ministry of Agriculture, Forest Department, experts from the field of Ayurveda and representatives of manufacturers.

Shrikhande said the federation could facilitate development of Ayurveda cluster and create facilities for drying and grading of herbs. “It will also create other infrastructure badly needed by the industry,” he said.“Establishment of testing laboratory to grade the raw material and provide certifications would be possible once the federation comes into existence,” he said.

Shriram Jyotshi, Professor stressed on creation of a platform to bridge industry and academia. “The central part of the country has many reputed educational institutions that are producing skilled manpower. But we need to establish a strong bond between them to meet the requirement of industry,” he said.