59,350 farmers receive a subsidy for the cultivation of medicinal plants

Till date, Ministry of Ayush has supported 59,350 farmers to cultivate 84 species of medicinal plants out of 140 priority medicinal plants and covered an area of ​​56,305 hectares nationwide from 2015-16 to 2020- 21, according to information submitted by Minister Ayush Sarbananda. Sonowal in Rajya Sabha during the ongoing parliamentary session.

The Minister was responding to a question from Mr. V. Shreyams Kumar on the number of farmers who cultivate medicinal plants and benefited from a subsidy program for the cultivation of 140 priority plants and the total amount spent on the subsidy so far.

The minister added that under the herbal medicine component of the National AYUSH Mission (NAM) centralized program, the ministry had provided financial assistance in the form of a grant to encourage farmers to cultivate herbal medicine across the country from 2015-16 to 2020-21.

Cultivation activities were implemented by the identified implementing agency of the relevant State in accordance with the approved State Annual Action Plan for the relevant State. Under this program, a subsidy was given to farmers at 30%, 50% and 75% of the cost of cultivation.

However, in the past five years, the Ministry of Ayush provided ₹11,773,830 lakh for the cultivation of 84 herbal medicines, the response noted.

Alvin J. Chase