According to WHO (2003) 80% of the world’s population depends upon the traditional medicine for their health needs. India is one of the twelve mega biodiversity hot spot regions of the world & one fifth of all plants found in India are used for medicinal purpose.
In many developed countries, traditional herbal remedies are making a comeback as alternatives to modern medicine.
There is consistence increase in the demand of the quality medicinal plants for improving the human and livestock health & farm profits. However, gradually the quality and quantity of medicinal plants are also declining due to deforestation, industrialization & urbanization. Only a few species are cultivated by farmers. These farmers sweat out in fields but are paid very little as compared to what the industry pays.
Thus, to fulfill the requirement of the medicinal plants, it is necessary to educate the farmers for its cultivation.
Ayurvet Research Foundation continued its journey through structured conservation programme for a variety of medicinal plants. Currently we have successfully cultivated more than 12 medicinal herbs in 500 acres in 7 states.
Major growing herbs are Ashwagandha, Kalmegh, Tulsi, Makoi, Bhumiamla, Bach, Pipali and Kaunch in Rajasthan, M.P., U.P., Bihar, Maharastra, Chhattisgarh and Uttrakhand. Total 350 MT quality herbs has been delivered to manufacturing unit. The quality of herbs is appreciated by stakeholders.
We have successfully completed 1st year on nursery technique development of Vidarikand. The project is running under joint collaboration with National medicinal plant Board.
Currently more than 300 farmers got benefited with 20% higher income with respect to existing cropping pattern in year 2015-16 in different agro climatic regions.