Himachal News Desk, the income of villagers living near forests in the state will increase from herbs. For this, a herbal chamber has been set up at the state level, through which the medicinal species collected from the villagers will be procured. For this, the Forest Department has started initiatives under JICA and Van Samridhi Jan Samridhi Yojana. According to the herbarium officials, under the ‘Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystem Management and Livelihood Improvement Project’ funded by JICA, the herbarium is being organized here to prevent the degradation of the herbarium due to over-exploitation of forests and various other reasons. . Several steps are being taken for the revitalization and conservation of herbs through PMU level Herbal Cell, Village Forest Development Committees and Bio-diversity Committees.
On the one hand, it will enable the revival of vegetation that is often destroyed, while on the other hand, it will provide an additional source of income to those who are permanently dependent on forests. According to officials, a herbal cell has been set up for the first time in the state which will guide people living in rural areas to cultivate medicinal plants in forest lands and private lands of local communities. This cell provides technical know-how to the local communities at various levels to promote the cultivation of medicinal plants. Under this, a meeting was held with Om Singhal Self Help Group of Kullu Dharaghot area under Zika Afforestation Project. In this, Dr. KS Kanwal, scientist of GB Pant Institute, informed the group members about different types of herbs according to the agro-climate of the area. He said that the production of kutki, absinthe, patash, satuva etc. can be taken in the area. On this occasion, Dr. Akhilesh Thakur, Mohit Sharma, Manager Marketing & SMS Priya Thakur, Enterprise Development Manager of Herbs Cell, Forest Department and other employees of the project were present. During this, villagers also shared their experiences regarding herbal activities.
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