Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that the Chief Minister Border Area Development Scheme will be implemented in the border Tehsils for the development of these areas. He also stressed on the need for more research in AYUSH. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a national seminar on Himalayan herbs in public health tradition in Dehradun on Sunday. The seminar was conducted jointly by Arogya Bharati, Uttarakhand Ayurved University and State Medicinal Plants Board.
Addressing the gathering, Rawat said that encouraging cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants will boost development and prevent migration from mountainous and remote regions of the state. Appreciating the ministry of AYUSH, he said that now people trust Indian traditional medicine systems more and even in foreign countries, people have started adopting such traditional measures especially as these have no side effects.
Stating that medicinal plants are found throughout the state, the CM said that a lot of research still needs to be done in the field of AYUSH. He said that the state government is also making consistent efforts to promote AYUSH. He said that the Chief Minister State Agricultural Development Project will be implemented in the same manner as the National Agricultural Development Scheme for development in the agricultural sector.
Agriculture and Horticulture minister Subodh Uniyal said that there is a lot of potential for wild medicinal herbs in Uttarakhand. He urged the chief minister to provide more land for medicinal plants in Herbal Research and Development Institute (HRDI) and Centre for Aromatic Plants (CAP). He further said that the government is keen to provide facilities to farmers for cultivation and herbal research. He gave an example of how asafoetida is imported from Afghanistan despite Uttarakhand having the ideal conditions for its extraction. Uniyal also stressed on the need for more research on the medicinal properties of cannabis.
CEO of SMPB and CAP director Nripendra Chauhan thanked the state government for its special focus on herbs found in Uttarakhand. He said that Herbal Research and Development Institute, Gopeshwar and CAP, Dehradun have been helping the farmers improve their business. He stated that the turnover for the two centres is about Rs 120 crore and more than 40,000 farmers connected to these institutes have been cultivating various types of herbs.
Ayurveda University registrar Madhvi Goswami stressed on the need to make a large-scale herbal garden inside the campus after describing the university’s vision for herbal research.
Monday, 11 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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