Advisors Kumar, Skandan for framing State Medicinal Plant Policy

Advisors to Governor, K Vijay Kumar and K Skandan today jointly chaired a meeting to discuss the potential of medicinal plants sector in the state, action plan for conservation, development and sustainable management of medicinal plants and structural support required for development of the State Medicinal Plant Board, an official spokesman said.

The meeting also discussed the achievements already registered by SKUAST-Kashmir and other concerned agencies in the Medicinal plant sector.

Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-K Prof Nazeer Ahmad, PCCF J&K Suresh Chugh, Chairman SPCB Ravi Kesar, CCF T Rabi Kumar, Regional Director RCFC Dr Sheikh Bilal, experts from SKUAST-K and other concerned officers attended the meeting.

VC SKUAST-K along with his team of experts gave a detailed presentation regarding work done already in the field of medicinal plants by the University and the activities that are being carried out to explore the potential of medicinal plants and their cultivation for demonstration purpose at present. Work done at Faculty of Forests and at Division of plant biotechnology of SKUAST-K was also discussed in the meeting.

Threadbare discussions were held on the role of both the Agricultural Universities of the state in rendering their support to the State Medicinal Plant Board, research work being carried out by them to know more about the medicinal plants that are being available in the state and its strategy to cultivate these plants with a commercial point of view.

Stress was also laid on re-generation of the species which are rare so that the fear of extinction of such plants can be taken care of.

The Advisors said that every stakeholder in this process needs to be actively playing its role and contribute efforts in developing the medicinal plant sector in the state. They said that the required support for the purpose would be provided by the government including requisite funds for carrying out related works.