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Herbal garden at Zoological park
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jun 11 (NPN):
Published on 12 Jun. 2010 1:08 AM IST
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Minister for forest, ecology, environment and wildlife and excise M.C Konyak lamenting over the mass destruction of flora and fauna, called upon younger generation to preserve the environment from extinction. He said conservation of Nagaland’s rich bio-diversity was the need of the hour.
The minister was speaking at the inauguration of herbal garden and tree plantation programme at Nagaland Zoological Park, Rangapahar, Dimapur on Friday.
He said the department had decided to plant as many as tree, even exceeding more than the population of the state and pointed out that the main objective for the development of Herbal Gardens or ‘Arogya Vans’ was to conserve the medicinal plants which were found in abundance in Nagaland.
He went on to add that the under his initiative, the forest department would establish more Herbal and Botanical gardens in the state.
Marking the day, the Minister also planted a tree at Herbal Garden along with other dignitaries.
Advisor sericulture and co-operation, MLA Azheto Zhimomi the guest of honour lauded the effort put in by the forest department in conserving the rich flora and fauna, by way of establishing the Herbal Gardens in the state.
This year alone the department has established seven Herbal Gardens (each measuring five hectares): Rangapahar, Dimapur; Jalukie; Khezhakeno, Phek; Doyang, Wokha; Mon; Mokokchung and Kohima.
Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Maongwati Aier who was also present at the occasion said that the practice of herbal medicine was not common among the Nagas, which many of us has been concentrating more on massages.
However, the DC pointed out that lot of changes could take place, when the plantation of herbal and its benefit were known to the people.
He appealed the minister and his department to train the villages, on the plantation of the herbal medicine and to extend support in exporting the herbal medicine.
Prospects of medicinal plants cultivation in Nagaland was highlighted to the gathering by the CCF (M&E), Nagaland, T. Lotha while vote of thanks was proposed by CF (STC) Nagaland K. Hocto Sema. Earlier, the programme was chaired by additional principal chief conservator of forests and CWLW, Nagaland Dr. K.S Shashidhar.
Officials from Taxes and excise department, state pollution control board, wild life conservation.
The herbal garden was funded by government of India, ministry of health and family welfare, department of AYUSH, national medicinal plants board, New Delhi.

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