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New herbal garden in Mon
Correspondent MON, AUG 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Aug. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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Minister for forest, ecology, environment and wildlife and excise, M.C Konyak appealed to the Nagas, especially the Konyaks to utilize land judiciously for conservation of bio-diversity. He was speaking here at the inaugural function of Herbal Garden in Mon, near GREF camp, funded by national medicinal plants board, government of India, under the supervision of forest department.
Emphasizing on the use of herbal medicines he said chemically produced medicines although heals/ cure quickly has its side effect, unlike herbal that works slowly but leaves no side effect.
He said Konyaks traditionally had bamboo and betel leaf plantations and temporary forest reserved for Juhm cultivation. According to him, these forests could be utilized for planting valuable plants, which could be a means of investment for future generation. Speaking on the aims of the forest department, he said the target of forest department was to preserve and conserve the present forest and jungles and utilize waste land by planting trees and valuable plants.
Meanwhile, Dinesh Kumar, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Mon requested the department in- charge to promote the idea, so that locals might come forward to take up plantation of medicinal plants producing in large amount, which would also be a sustainable source of income for the local farmers.
He also appealed for organizing awareness campaign on the use of herbal plants, whereby the local populace could learn the use of medicinal plants precisely. Short speech on ‘sustainable, management and development of herbal Garden in Nagaland’ was delivered by T. Lotha, CCF (M&E) Nagaland.
It may be mentioned that about 23 varieties of medicinal plants were planted so far in the garden, some of them include, Viteveria zizanoides, neem, chiratha, santalum album, arucaria etc. Earlier the programme was chaired by Dr. K.S Shashidhar, additional PCCF & CWLW, Nagaland, dedication prayer was pronounced by Nahngom, Pastor KBCM and vote of thanks by Dr. K. Kire, IFS Conservator of Forest (NTC) Nagaland, followed by ceremonial planting of medicinal plants and distribution of medicinal seedlings.

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