The government provides up to 75% subsidies for the cultivation of medicinal plants and herbs

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The Ministry of Finance has allocated Rs.4000 crore package for the promotion of Plant-based culture below Atma Nirbhar Bharat. A draft plan for the cultivation and marketing of medicinal plants has been prepared by the Ministry of Ayush. A proposal has been submitted to Cabinet for approval.

The Government of India Ministry of Ayush implemented the National Ayush Mission (NAM) centralized program to promote the cultivation of medicinal plants. Market oriented cultivation of 140 priority medicinal plants in identified clusters/areas has been supported and implemented in mission mode through selected state implementing agencies across the country including Andhra Pradesh, under the NAM program. “Medicinal plants” making up.

In accordance with program guidelines, support was provided for:

  • Cultivation of priority medicinal plants on farmers’ land

  • Establishment of nurseries with upstream links for the cultivation and supply of quality plant material

  • Post-harvest management with transit links

  • Primary processing, marketing infrastructure, etc.

Encouragement to farmers:

To encourage farmers to grow medicinal plants, the Ministry of Ayush provided grants of 30%, 50%, and 75% the cost of growing priority plant species across the country, including Andhra Pradesh. From fiscal year 2015-16 to 2020-21, Ministry of Ayush supported 4349 hectares in Andhra Pradesh under cultivation of medicinal plants with a budget of Rs. 744.60 lakh under the National AYUSH Mission Program (NAM).

Central sectoral scheme for the conservation, development and sustainable management of medicinal plants:

The National Council of Medicinal PlantsMinistry of Ayush, Government of India, implements this program which supports the following activities:

  • Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities such as trainings / workshops / seminars / conferences, etc.

  • In-situ conservation / Ex-situ conservation

  • Subsistence ties with Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMC) / Panchayats / Van Panchayats / Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) / Self Help Groups (SHGs)

  • Promotional activities include establishment of nurseries, marketing and trade of medicinal plant products.

The National Medicinal Plant Council of the Ministry of Ayush has supported the Andhra Pradesh State Biodiversity Council with two training programs and a nursery project. The NMPB has also supported 01 awareness programs for stakeholders on the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plant resources Andhra Pradesh Medicinal and Aromatic Plant CouncilAndhra Pradesh, from 2015-16 to 2020-21.

About e-CHARAK Mobile App:

  • the National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB), Ministry of Ayush, facilitates trade linkages for herbal raw materials rather than AYUSH products. The National Medicinal Plants Promotion Board (NMPB) has launched the e-CHARAK mobile application as well as a web portal for the promotion and marketing of medicinal plants/herbs.

  • ‘e-CHARAK’ is a platform for the exchange of information between the different actors, mainly farmers, involved in the medicinal plant sector across the country. The “e-CHARAK” app supports various local languages ​​and provides bi-monthly market price of 100 herbal medicines from 25 herbal markets across India.

Alvin J. Chase