Drive to grow medicinal plants at home

Task forces formed to distribute saplings with a message to boost immunity

Task forces formed to distribute saplings with a message to boost immunity

A campaign for growing medicinal plants at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been launched in Rajasthan, with the task forces appointed to distribute the saplings to all households along with the message to increase natural immunity to fight infection.

Medicinal herbs of tulsi, giloy, ashwagandha and kalmegh, prepared by the state government’s forestry department, are believed to enable people to develop ‘natural strength’, the main chief conservator of forests (development) said on Monday. , Deep Narayan Pandey.

“Experts consulted”

Mr Pandey said the ‘Ghar Ghar Aushadhi’ (medicine in every home) program was launched after obtaining expert advice based on traditional medicine research.

He said children would be encouraged to plant the saplings and take care of their growth, while raising awareness of the importance of immunity.

The working groups will identify places for the distribution of saplings and liaise with Panchayati Raj officials, elected officials and corporate houses to raise awareness about the usefulness of medicinal plants.

Each household will receive eight medicinal plants free of charge and these will also be available from Forest Department nurseries.

Alvin J. Chase