Tuesday, 09 Mar 2021

Promotion of Herbal Cultivation in the country
09 MAR 2021 PIB Delhi
Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India is implementing Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM). Under the ‘Medicinal Plants’ component of the NAM scheme supporting market-driven cultivation of prioritized medicinal plants in identified cluster/zones within selected districts of States and implemented in a mission mode. As per the scheme guidelines, the support is provided for:

Cultivation of prioritized medicinal plants on farmer’s land.
Establishment of nurseries with backward linkages for raising and supply of quality planting material.
Post-harvest management with forwarding linkages.
Primary processing, marketing infrastructure, etc.
Under this scheme, subsidies @30%, 50%, and 75% of cultivation costs of specific plant species are provided for the cultivation of 140 medicinal plants.   

National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India is also implementing Central Sector Scheme on “Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants” wherein the following activities are supported:

  1. In-situ conservation / Ex-situ conservation
  2. Livelihood linkages with Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMCs) / Panchayats / Van Panchayats / Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) / Self Help Groups (SHGs).
  3. IEC activities like Training / workshops / Seminars/ Conferences etc.
  4. Research & Development.
  5. Promotion, marketing, and trade of medicinal plant produce.

Ministry of AYUSH is supporting the cultivation of medicinal plants on farmer’s land throughout the country by providing subsidy for 140 medicinal plants @30%, 50%, and 75% of the cost of its cultivation, depending upon the status of availability and market demand as per operational guidelines of the Scheme. The Ministry of AYUSH has supported 56396 hectares of area under the cultivation of Medicinal Plants in National AYUSH Mission (NAM) scheme. The detail of area covered under cultivation of medicinal plant throughout the country from the F.Y 2015-16 to 2020-21 is given at Annexure.

Ministry of Finance has announced Rs. 4000 crore package under Atma Nirbhar Bharat for Promotion of Herbal Cultivation. The Ministry of AYUSH has prepared a draft scheme namely “Pradhan Mantri VRIKSH AYUSH Yojana” for the cultivation and marketing of medicinal plants which is yet to be approved by the Cabinet.

The scheme will be implemented throughout the country.

The Minister of State (The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy), Sh. Kiren Rijiju (Additional Charge) stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.

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