SHILLONG, Aug 09: The Governor of Meghalaya, Ganga Prasad has floated the idea of cultivating medical and aromatic plants to enhance the livelihood of the people of Meghalaya while pointing out the immense scope that such an activity has.
Speaking during a one – day workshop on Scope of Aromatic Plants in Meghalaya which was organized by the Institute of Natural Resources under MBDA Shillong here on Thursday, the Governor said that Meghalaya has ideal conditions for the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants.
He added that there is a demand in the global market for the produce of these medicinal and aromatic plants and there are immense opportunities in the State for sustainable expansion in the areas under cultivation for larger interest of the growers and entrepreneurs.
“With the increasing demand of natural essential oils, aroma products and herbal extracts from medicinal and aromatic plants, the ability of the farmer or the entrepreneur to process the plants for value addition and for making high quality products has opened the possibility of increased income generation and better quality of life”, he said.
Earlier, Additional Chief Secretary, K N Kumar in his Opening Remarks informed that there are 834 medicinal plants found in the State and there is a need to have a compendium of all these plants. He also said that there is a need to have a Capacity Building of the ‘Kabiraj’s of the State. He further stressed on the requirement of having Aromatic and Medicinal Plants policy and also to launch the Aroma Mission for the larger protection and conservation of the medicinal plants in the State.
The Institute of Natural Resource under Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA) has planned promotion of medicinal and aromatic plants related activities in the State with the aim to introduce, develop and disseminate technologies for cultivation, promotion and processing among the growers and entrepreneurs in a time bound manner. It is emphasized to introduce only such commercially viable crops which are suitable to the agro climatic conditions of the State.
The workshop was organized with an aim to provide awareness to the people and young entrepreneurs for development of entrepreneurial skills in area of essential oil processing and value addition and to impart knowledge to participants.