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‘Identify medicinal species with high market demand’

Srinagar, June 18, 2007 (Kashmir Newz Desk) :

‘Identify medicinal species with high market demand’ The Jammu and Kashmir Minister of State for Health and Power, today urged scientists to help identify “priority species with high market demand” so that farmers were motivated to voluntarily adopt cultivation of medicinal herbs.

Hussain was speaking at “Stakeholders Conference on Prospects of Medicinal Plant Production in Jammu & Kashmir"organized by State Medicinal Plant Board in collaboration with Indian Institute of Integrated Medicines.

Hussain said that the new trend of switching over to herbal treatment world over has necessitated systematic growth and conservation of medicinal plants and herbs in Kashmir, which is blessed with rich diversity of flora owing to its favorable agro-climatic zonation.

He informed that the Medicinal Plant Board of Jammu and Kashmir has sanctioned 65 Medicinal and Aromatic Plant (MAP) projects to various institutions and individuals, and around 1400 hectares of land have also been brought under in-situ conservation and ex-situ development under Vanaspati Van Scheme.

A large number of Scientists drawn from all over India are participating in the conference to deliberate on harnessing potential of herbal plants in the state on commercial lines for making it a profitable and viable sector of economy.

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