UPDATED: MAY 03, 2011
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Monday asked the Vice-Chancellors of agriculture and horticulture universities in the State to supply saplings of medicinal plants to the farmers for achieving the twin objectives of improving their income and helping the pharmaceutical industry in procuring raw material required by them.
Inaugurating a two-day workshop on developing medicinal plants under the Agro-Forestry Programme organised by the Forest Department and the Karnataka State Medicinal Plants Authority, Mr. Yeddyurappa said the universities could grow herbs and shrubs by allocating some land in their campuses for the purpose.
The participants at the workshop included Vice-Chancellors of UAS-Bangalore and Dharwad K. Narayana Gowda and R.R. Hanchinal respectively, officials from the Department of Ayush, industry representatives, farmers and experts in the fields related to cultivation of medicinal plants from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Pune.
Emphasising the need for research and planting of medicinal saplings to meet the growing need of the pharmaceutical industry, the Chief Minister invited the Vice-Chancellors to a meeting at Davangere on May 7. “Why have you not thought about this important requirement,” he asked them.
Mr. Yeddyurappa went on to suggest that medicinal plants such as neem should be grown in schools and colleges also. He added that the Government had earmarked funds for raising medicinal plants in Devara Kadu in Kodagu district and at Siddhara Betta in Tumkur district. Adequate funds would be released if the Forest Department takes it up.
He felicitated the octogenarian, Salumarada Thimmakka, who has grown hundreds of banyan trees in Hulikal village of Magadi taluk, and presented a purse of Rs.1 lakh to her.
MoU to be signed
Presiding over the workshop, Minister for Forest and Small Industries C.H. Vijayashankar said his department will sign a memorandum of understanding with the universities which supply saplings of medicinal plants to be used in ayurvedic medicines. Another MoU will be signed with the agarbathi industry for supplying raw material, which it was procuring from Uttaranchal and other north Indian States.
The Government, Mr. Vijayashankar said, is also interested in conserving endangered species of rare medicinal plants. The National Medicinal Plants Mission was promoting the growing of gooseberry for the benefit of children suffering from Vitamin C deficiency.
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