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State level conference on medicinal plants’ market launched

 Source: The Sangai Express

IMPHAL | Mar 27 : A 2-day state level conference for stakeholders under the theme ‘Market Promotion of Medicinal Plants of the State’ was launched today at Classic Grande, organised by Kangpokpi forest division. Chief conservator of forest Th. Mohendra Pratap said medicinal plants sector is very important in the state as it can provide sustainable livelihood for the people.

Mohendra said Manipur is one of the richest states in the country in terms of its biodiversity and it is included in the six hotspots of the world. The state is repository of large number of medicinal plants. Majority of the people living in rural and hill area procures income from medicinal and aromatic plants, he added.

It is recognised that the traditional, alternative and complementary system of medicine provides health care to almost 80 percent to peoples of developing and under developed countries, continued the forest chief conservator. Mohendra said despite the significant contribution of medicinal plants to the local economy its potential are not reflected in planning for sustainable livelihood and industrialisation of the state.

To boost the potential of the medicinal plants sector there is a need to develop comprehensive set of strategy and action plan depending on the strength and scope for development with focus on fully involvement of the local people, he added.
On the other hand there is a need to take up conservation measures of medicinal plants as number of valuable species have become threatened due to over exploitation, continued Mohendra.

The function was attended by principal chief conservator of forest and HoFF, Kereilhouvi Angami as chief guest, principal chief conservator of forest-wild life, D.J. Anand as president and additional principal chief conservator of forest-medicinal plants, D.D. Haokip as guest of honour.