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  • 03 September, 2021

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Campaign for Medicinal Plants on 75000 ha of land

  • The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH has launched a national campaign to promote cultivation of medicinal plants in the country as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
  • This will help in increasing the income of farmers and realize the dream of Green India.
  • Under this campaign, cultivation of medicinal plants will be done on 75,000 hectares of land in the next one year across the country.
  • The program has been started from Saharanpur in UP and Pune in Maharashtra.
  • This program is second in the series of programs being organized by the Ministry of Ayush under the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav'.
  • A total of 7500 medicinal plants were distributed to 75 farmers on this occasion. A target has been set to distribute 75 thousand saplings.
  • Medicinal plants were distributed free of cost to 150 farmers who came from many nearby districts.
  • These included mainly 5 species of plants - Night-flowering Jasmine (Parijat), Golden Apple (Bel), Margosa Tree (Neem), Indian Ginseng (Ashwagandha) and Indian Blackberry (Jamun). 750 Jamun saplings were separately distributed free of cost to the farmers.
  • Union AYUSH Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the country has immense potential in the field of medicinal plants and cultivation of medicinal plants on 75000 hectares of land will ensure availability of medicines in the country and it will be a big source of income for the farmers.
  • This will make the country self-reliant in the field of medicines.
  • Significantly, in the last 1.5 years, the market of medicinal plants has increased in a big way not only in India but all over the world.
  • This is the reason that Ashwagandha has been the third best-selling product in America.
  • Further programs being held under 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' include launch of Y Break App, distribution of Prophylactic Ayush Drugs, 'Ayush Aapke Dwar' and lecture series for school and college students.

Source: PIB


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