With an aim to harness the huge marketing potential of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAP), training on cultivation of such plants for farmers was held at state horticulture nursery (Green Park) on Tuesday with horticulture deputy director Neibanuo as chief guest and Dr Chandhan Maiti and K Nihokhu Chophi as resource persons.
Underscoring the commercial aspect of MAP in both international and national level, the chief guest said such kind of plants were the best raw material available for pharmaceuticals companies, cosmetics, food etc. “They are valued for their non-narcotic and chemical properties plus they are found abundantly and are environmental friendly” she added.
Giving a brief history of medicinal plants in India, Neibanuo informed that the traditional form of medicine such as Unani and Ayurveda was mostly based on it. She also further pointed out that India and China were known as the ‘Home of medicine and aromatic plants’ with 9000 plants documented in India alone and 80 percent of the population in the developing countries using traditional form of medicine.
Dwelling on the increased demand for medicinal plants, Neibanuo informed that with less price fluctuation and higher returns most of the farmers were going for MAP and called for commitment from the farmers and maintaining quality of the plants.
She also further disclosed that a total of 100 hectares of Aloe Vera plantation was carried out in Changki valley under Mokokchung district for the year 2009-10 and plantation of Patchouli was being carried in Mokokchung, Dimapur, Peren and Wokha while lemon grass plantation was going on in Wokha, Phek, Peren, Kiphire and Dimapur.
Earlier the programme was chaired by DHO Dimapur Eyongol Natso who also gave a brief introduction on the importance of the training.