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Global Ayurveda Festival to Begin Tomorrow

More than 4,000 delegates from 35 countries are expected to attend the second edition of GAF which will kickstart in the city on Thursday

Published: 19th February 2014 08:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th February 2014 08:39 AM   |  A+A-

Highlighting Kerala’s emergence as the global destination for Ayurveda, the second edition of the Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) will begin in Kochi on Thursday.

Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag will be chief guest of the event, which will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium at Kaloor. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the event.

More than 4,000 delegates from 35 countries are expected to attend GAF-2014, which will conclude on Monday, said Sajikumar, managing director, Dhathri Group, at a press conference here on Tuesday.  The central theme of this edition of GAF will be ‘Ayurveda in public health’. “Though the potential of ‘Ayurveda in Public Health’ is huge the full potential has not been tapped. The other themes for the event include clinical specialties in Ayurveda, non-communicable diseases, medicinal plants, clinical and literary research in Ayurveda and cosmetology,” he said.

“The biennial event will bring together all stakeholders in the Ayurveda sector so as to take forward significant approaches in keeping the traditional form of healthcare alive and making it more popular,” he said. The speakers at the event include Mahiepala Herath (Chief Minister, Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council, Sri Lanka), Salinda Dissanayake (Minister of Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka) and B S B Yalegama (Minister of health and Indigenous Medicine, Kandy, Sri Lanka).

A 50-member delegation from Germany and teams from countries su ch as France, Argentina, UK, Italy and Singapore will participate in the event. An international business meet supported by the KSIDC will also be held. “At present, the Indian Ayurveda industry is worth `10,000 crore. Kerala contributes about `1,000 crore. We aim at a five-fold increase in state’s share by 2020. Ayurveda is one of the engines of Kerala’s economic growth and the KSIDC will come up with a comprehensive plan to promote the sector,” KSIDC MD Aruna Sundararajan said.

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