- A ban on the use of pesticides in medicinal plants cultivation is the need of the hour.
- People involved in the cultivation of rare native medicinal must respect the cultivation traditions.
- The government should consider offering special loans for medicinal herbs cultivation and set up quality control labs.
- There are various government schemes to promote medicinal herb farming. However, most of them exist only on paper. The herbal medicine manufacturing industry will benefit a lot if government machinery starts promoting these schemes seriously.
“Changes in the lifestyle, outbreak of illnesses, and rising costs of allopathic treatments along with their side-effects are once again forcing people to look at advantages of a natural way of life. Unfortunately, a selected group of businesses are misusing people’s faith in herbal medicines. Thus, the government should set up quality control labs for such medications,” said Dr. Udaykumar Padhye.
Cosmic Ecological Trust and Maitri Foundation had recently organized an event to create awareness about organic medicinal herb farming. While speaking during the program, Dr. Padhye stressed on the point that more research work is needed on various types of herbs and their medical benefits. Konkan region alone is home to more than 2,700 species. There is a considerable demand for them in the market. But they cannot be used for herbal medicine production as they are not scientifically cultivated.
“There are various government schemes to promote medicinal herb farming. However, most of them exist only on paper. The herbal medicine manufacturing industry will benefit a lot if government machinery starts promoting these schemes seriously. Plus, farmers won’t have to migrate to big cities in search of jobs,” said Srushti Gujarathi, author and the head of the Maitri Foundation.
“Traditional herbal medicines exist for thousands of years, and they need to be cultivated in the most natural way possible to retain their purity. Today, the ‘herbal product’ label is used recklessly for making profits. Extensive chemicals are used for cultivation of herbs. Thus, they lose their medicinal nature. Thanks to the use of chemical pesticides, poison has already reached our food plate. The government’s intervention is necessary to control the use of pesticides in herb farming,” said Dr. Varma Sreeviraj. He’s a specialist in Kerala Medicines and Panchakarma Treatment.
Cosmic Ecological Trust’s Anita Gaitonde and Co-chairman Sayali Phanse were also present during the event. They pointed out that people involved in the cultivation of rare native medicinal must respect the cultivation traditions rather than looking at herbs as a business opportunity. They should not be overharvested. The use of natural, composed materials as fertilizers is crucial for herbal farming.
Bharat Swabhiman Trust Thane office-bearer Dr. Tukaram Savadekar also graced the event with his overwhelming presence. He shared some exciting details about healing plants and wild herbs.
Vishwaniketan Vidya Group’s treasurer Ashok Jain and fitness trainer Gaurav Dev distributed shrubs like Bharangi, Vicary, Myrsine, Cosmos caudatus Kunth, etc. Sujata Patel hosted the event, while renowned brand consultant Sunil Devrukhkar concluded the program by appreciating everyone’s presence.
Cow protection activist Nirmala Padhye, Kunda Watwe, Amit Patel, Deepak Kulkarni, and Dr. Deepak Deshpande distributed herbs like Basil, Curry Leaves, Palas, Ominous, Naagdon, Maca, Bacopa Monnieri, Mint, Turmeric Mango, Ova, and Achyranthes Aspera.
Dnyaneshwar Parab, Dr. Manohar Akole, Sunil Ambardekar, Vikas Abhyankar, Sudhir Inamdar, Shailesh Joshi, Manjiri Manjrekar, Mahendra Patil attended the event. Besides the above, Dr. Vijaykumar Ponkshe, Rajendra Patil, Pravin Gavde, Vaishnavi Navle, Manoj Vaidya, Sudhir Barde, Sunil Shevde, Mrunal Inamdar, Prasad Agnihotri were also present along with other environmental activists.
“Opting for herbal remedies does not mean buying something made by a specific brand. There are several herbs, and shrubs present around us in our day-to-day life. People can easily find a place in the balcony or on the window panel for Basil, Bermuda grass (Durva), and Calendula, Mulberry as well as Jasmine herb. Understanding the properties of these plants and passing the information to the next generation is important,” said Maitri Foundation’s head Srushti Gujarathi.
“It is time for the government to take the initiative and launch loan schemes for farmers to promote the cultivation of these herbs. It would help in attracting the supporters and promoters of Ayurveda. We are planning to approach the government and keep a follow up on the same,” said Surekha Abhyankar, spokesperson for Patanjali Mahila Samiti.
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