Hi Farmnest Folks,
On the one side, the demand for herbal medicinal and aromatic products is growing rapidly, while on the other, much of the country’s natural herbal wealth found traditionally in the wild has been lost for good. Most of these herbs are harvested in a destructive manner, largely by uprooting the plants, to access their roots, barks and other parts that possess therapeutic properties. it is shocking that despite the presence of so many large herbal drug companies, none of them have taken any initiative to preserve the rare species!
Thankfully, a few educational and agricultural institutions have taken the initiative to create a national web-based data bank on herbal gardens of India. launched by Gujarat-based Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (DMAPR) the site carries details of the plants available for supply in different herbal parks.
This info was highlighted by a recent article on business standard. I hope many of you may know of any herbal gardens in your town or village. If you know any herbal gardens that maintain useful medicinal and aromatic plant species, please inform the herbal network at www.herbalgardenindia.org