The state government plans to increase the budgetary allocation by Rs100 crore in the next finanacial year for promotion of Ayurveda and other traditional medicines, taking the total budgetary allocation to Rs 350 crore, minister for medical education K Murali Mohan has said.
Participating in the inauguration of a seminar on ‘Cultivation and Marketing Aspects of Medicinal Plants’ after inaugurating a herbal expo, Oshadhi, on Saturday, he said efforts were on for popularising Homeopathy, Ayurveda and other traditional forms of medicine. There were 2,200 dispensaries under Ayush (department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) with a staff strength of 5,000, he said,
‘’Today, these systems of medicine are available at the Primary Heatlh Centres in villages but are, most often, eclipsed by Allopathy. We are thinking of promoting them. The growing demand for herbal products and traditional medicineis leading to exploitation of forest wealth since 90 percent of the raw material comes from forest. To ward off denudation of forests, the government is encouraging cultivation of medicinal plants and is also providing subsidies. In current fiscal year, the Centre has sanctioned Rs 5.2 crore for cultivation of medicinal plants in 11,000 acres,’’ Murali Mohan said.
The minister asked the officials to conduct such expos at district level so that more farmers could be encouraged to take up cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants.
Principal secretary (health & family welfare) Ajay Sawhney called for encouragement to agro-forestry.
‘’Conservation by encouraging cultivation is now the primary objective of Ayush and at the same time bring the traditional medicine much nearer and available to the common man,’’ Ayush commissioner KP Srivasuki said.
AP Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Board CEO and mission director KS Reddy acted as the moderator.Oshadhi Herbal Expo has been being held every year since 2006.