''Involve farmers having expertise in medicinal plants for conservation process''
Advisors to Governor K Vijay Kumar and K Skandan Monday emphasised on specific action oriented approach and planning for development of medicinal plants sector in the state and to take required steps for conservation of these plants.
The advisors were speaking during the introductory meeting of J&K State Medicinal Plants Board, here on Monday.
The Advisor sough the briefing on the measures initiated to conserve the medicinal plants and enquired about the survey of medicinal plants.
The advisors were of the opinion to integrate the farmers having traditional knowledge in medicinal plants with the conservation process. They asked the Board Members to identify the medicinal plant producers to augment their capacities and keeping their knowledge and expertise in synergy by sharing important information with each other.
Discussion on creating in-situ logistic markets for medicinal plant products, processing, branding and selling of these products, identification of farmers, creation of seed banks, bringing areas already growing medicinal plants under conservation, handholding of already identified farmers was also held during the meeting.
The Advisors called for fixing responsibilities for creation of producers’ society and asked the Divisional Commissioner’s to mentor the departments to identify the producers and constitution of producers’ society.
They stressed on formation of small markets in different locations for the medicinal plants produce and making the markets more robust by categorization of the medicinal plant products.