Efforts on to popularise medicinal herb farming

A, JULY 28

DC Raghav Sharma has said farm clusters are being created in the district to cultivate medicinal plants under the Sanjeevani Yojana. He was speaking at Behar Jaswan village in Amb subdivision after inaugurating a plantation drive in a cluster of 22 beneficiary farmers as part of the scheme.

With the convergence of the MGNREGA scheme, 17,400 saplings of moringa and 68,450 of ashwagandha are being planted in Behar Jaswan to popularise the cultivation of medicinal plants. Moringa leaves are considered a super food, while ashwagandha is known for its ayurvedic properties and the two species grow well in Una. He said the state provides the saplings to farmers.

Sharma said medicinal plant products have a global market and the government was making efforts to popularise the cultivation of these species in areas where these are best suited. He said a cluster of 22 farmers in Behar Jaswan village had been identified for the cultivation of moringa and ashwagandha. He added that more clusters had been identified in other parts of the district for some other medicinal species and this would help boost farm income. — OC

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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