There is a boom in the cultivation of medicinal plants in India. Due to higher demand than production, farmers cultivating medicinal plants are getting tremendous income. At the same time, due to the encouragement from the government, farmers are giving up traditional farming and trying their hand at Medicinal Plant Farming.
For this reason, the demand for planting material and quality seeds has also increased. The government has started taking necessary steps to fulfill this and an agreement has been signed between two important government institutions of the country to promote plantation material. The Ministry of AYUSH gave this information on Saturday.
Himachal Pradesh based IHBT and NMPB join hands
The National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB) has joined hands with Himalayan Institute of Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur, Himachal Pradesh to promote production of quality plantation material for medicinal plants.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of AYUSH, the NMPB established under the Ministry of AYUSH works towards supporting policies and programs for trade, export, conservation and yield enhancement of medicinal plants.
Agreement between the two institutes regarding these issues
Both the organizations have facilitated development of quality Plantation Material (QPM) of medicinal plants and herbs identified by NMPB and QPM of suitable medicinal plants in different agro-climatic zones including Rare Endangered (RET) species and plants occurring in high altitude areas. Has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for development, promotion, protection and assistance in setting up of its nurseries for cultivation.
The Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-IHBT will also conduct research on comprehensive multiplication and agricultural technology development, while the NMPB through its implementing agencies, such as State Medicinal Plant Boards, State AYUSH Societies, State Horticulture Departments and regional co-operatives located across the country QPM through facilitation centers will support development related projects.
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