MP: Farmers should be given necessary training for cultivation of medicinal plants: Shivraj
Bhopal, June 22 (H.C.). Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that cultivation of medicinal plants is beneficial for the farmers. The importance and demand for herbs has increased as a result of changing global conditions and health needs. To encourage the cultivation of medicinal plants, the Devarnya scheme is timely. To ensure its effective implementation in the state, farmers should be identified through suitable and competent voluntary organizations. Chief Minister Chouhan said this while addressing the review meeting of Devaranya Yojana at the residence office on Wednesday.
Chief Minister Chouhan said that for the cultivation of medicinal plants, arrangements should be made to provide necessary training, capacity development to the farmers and to establish proper market linkage for the sale of the products. Chouhan said that according to the demand of the companies involved in Ayurvedic products, the cultivation of medicinal plants should be encouraged in the state. Farmers should also be involved in the processing process.
Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Additional Chief Secretary Horticulture and Food Processing J.N. Consotia, Principal Secretary Forest Ashok Varnwal, Principal Secretary Panchayat and Rural Development Umakant Umrao, Principal Secretary Ayush Prateek Hajela and other officers were present. Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture Ajit Kesari virtually participated in the meeting. Devarnya Yojana is being implemented by the Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, AYUSH and Panchayat and Rural Development along with the Forest Department.
It was informed that initially the scheme is being implemented in Anuppur, Narmadapuram, Satna, Jhabua, Dindori, Betul and Sehore. Projects related to lemongrass and pomaroza at Anuppur, asparagus, stevia, moringa, tukumari and lemongrass at Narmadapuram are planned for implementation. The crop of medicinal plants is being taken by 132 self-help groups of 21 development blocks of the state by Madhya Pradesh State Rural Livelihood Mission. Cultivation of Amla, Surjana, Ashwagandha, Safed Musli, Isabgol and Stevia is being encouraged in Dhar, Jhabua, Mandla, Anuppur, Umaria, Sehore, Alirajpur and Sheopur.
It was informed that companies like Dabur, Maharishi Ayurveda, Omni Active, Botanic Health, Natural Remedies, Cipla and Emami have been approached for market linkage of medicinal plants. To provide training to farmers for preparation of high quality plants from Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Universities, Research Centers, arrangement of seeds and product testing from Facilitation Centers and cultivation of plants, extraction of drugs, processing, storage, packaging and marketing. has been arranged.