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Financial support

Monday, August 14, 2006

In order to address various issues and problems of the medicinal plants sector, the Board has identified some areas and formulated schemes for financial support for the development of the medicinal plants sector. These projects could be entrusted to State Medicinal Plants Boards (SMPBs), ICAR, ICFRE, CSIR institutes, State Governments, Agriculture and other Universities, Public, quasi-public, Development Corporations and other organisations. Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) of repute capable of undertaking such projects and who have past experience of at least 3 years in the designated areas are also eligible for financial support except R & D activity.

Designated areas for financial support:

I. Promotional Schemes

  1. Survey and inventorization of medicinal plants.

  2. In-situ conservation and ex-situ cultivation of medicinal plants.

    • To encourage in-situ conservation and ex-situ cultivation of selected medicinal plants, particularly endangered species which have appeared in Indian Red Data Book (IRDB) and negative list of CITES.

    • To create region-wise and species-wise medicinal plants demonstration centres (herbal gardens).

  3. Production of quality planting material


    • To produce germ plasms of quality planting materials in bulk by developing improved agro-techniques and other appropriate technology.


  4. Extension activities- Information, education and communication:


    • Awareness through audio-visual aids, talks, seminars, training, workshops etc.


    • Training & visit of growers and collectors to demonstrations plots, research centres and other related organisations in the country.


    • Activities encouraging cultivation for growing medicinal plants.


    • Extension material on medicinal plants.


  5. Study demand supply position and marketing of medicinal plants for domestic and global market.


    • Study in respect of state-of-art creating and developing infrastructure for the purpose of value addition, shelf life, storage & packing of drugs conforming international standards.


  6. Research & Development in medicinal plants sector.

  7. Strengthening capabilities of NMPB
    The Scheme related to man-power for NMPB including pay and allowances to staff, office infrastructure, computerization etc

II Commercial Schemes
  1. Production and ensure supply of quality planting material in bulk.


  2. Area expansion for selected species and cultivation in more than 2 ha. land area.


  3. Value addition - for developing proper harvesting techniques, semi-processing of produces viz. collection, grading, drying, storage, packing etc.


  4. Develop innovative marketing mechanism

Source: National Medicinal Plants Board

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