Ayurveda is gaining popularity and in an effort to encourage usage of medicinal plants for Ayurvedic preparations and to encourage farmers to cultivate them, National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB), it’s regional cum facilitation centre and Kerala Forest Research Institute conducted a one day workshop at Kannur on Tuesday, 17th December, with the support of Itoozhi Illam Ayurveda Foundation Charitable Trust.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. N Padmakumar, Assistant Advisor, NMPB stressed on the need for more availability of medicinal plants for Ayurvedic preparations. He was delivering the key note address on the occasionHe said that if there was proper coordination among the agencies and a good price was offered for the products, farmers can be encouraged to cultivate them and the availability of such medicinal plants can be enhanced.
Further, he also stressed on ensuring that rare medicinal plants should be conserved for future use.He said that if there was proper coordination among the agencies and a good price was offered for the products, farmers can be encouraged in medicinal plants cultivation and the availability of such medicinal plants can be enhanced.
Member of Parliament, Shri K K Rajesh who inaugurated the workshop, spoke at length about passing information to public about the importance of medicinal plants cultivation and sensitivising everyone about the value of these plants. He even earmarked year 2020 as year of educating the public about this and insisted everyone to recognise and promote 20 such plants for use of future generations.
Umesh I, medical officer of Itoozhi Illam trust informed everyone about the activities undertaken by the trust to encourage farmers by buying back the produce from them at a fair price as well as helping them get government grants. Itoozhi Illam is an authorized nursery for such plants and takes efforts to preserve them.