IMPHAL, Feb 17 � The two-day national workshop on �Sustainable Development of Medicinal Plants Sector in North Eastern India� in Imphal, which was held with a move to draw a roadmap for reviving the medicinal plants sector in the region, has recommended development of a conservation strategy for the medicinal plants besides framing a policy and legal support.
On the concluding day of the workshop at the RIMS Jubilee Hall here this evening, the workshop, which was attended by as many as 300 delegates representing the NE States, various research-based establishments and companies, including Dabur, Emami, Natural Remedies, etc., also urged establishment of a mandi for medicinal plants marketing and arrangement to ensure marketing linkage with industries. The workshop also recommended development of a system for protection of traditional knowledge, in consultation with the stakeholders, and establishment of a community-based traditional knowledge resource centre.
The workshop, which was aimed to promote marketing of medicinal plant raw materials and products from the North Eastern region, besides exploring the potentials of the medicinal plants, was organised by the Manipur Forest Department with the support of the National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, from Monday.
Manipur Chief Secretary PC Lawmkunga was the chief guest of the inauguration function, while the Secretary, AYUSH Nilanjan Sanyal presided over the function on Monday. Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam and Additional Secretary (Forest) Nilanjan Jha of the State government were also present. Former Governor of Chhatisgarh Shekhar Dutt, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) Bala Prasad, Additional Chief Conservator of Forest and Chief Wildlife Warden PN Prasad of the State Forest Department were also present.
In his address, Gaikhangam called upon the people to learn more about the medicinal plants in order to harness its potential for sustainable livelihood in the region. He also urged the concerned authorities to help out the State in exploring the medicinal plants in the State which is home to around 1,200 medicinal plants out of existing 6,500 species in the country.
Many experts, including P Gapak of Arunachal Pradesh, Dr L Promila of Manipur, AK Srivastava of Meghalaya, Tiakaba Jamir of Nagaland, Dr Pritam Bhattacharjee and Dr Arunkumar Sharma from College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat Arunachal Pradesh spoke on the medicinal plants sector in North Eastern States during the workshop.