The ‘National Medicinal Plants Board’, Ministry of Ayush is undertaking an important step in promoting medicinal plants through Herbal Gardens across India. The key initiative is being implemented by the board as the “Central Sector Scheme on Conservation, Development, and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants.”
Under this scheme, various government and non-government organizations are receiving project-based support to establish and nurture different types of Herbal Gardens throughout the country. The scheme is applicable for Home Herbal Gardens, School Herbal Gardens, Institutional/Public Herbal Gardens, and Herbal Gardens of State and National importance.
The scheme has seen a remarkable progress in the last five years. Numerous Herbal Gardens established in different States/UTs provide green spaces and also serve as vital repositories of valuable medicinal plants. These gardens help in contributing to the preservation of traditional knowledge and healing practices.
The Ministry has shared details of funds sanctioned and utilized for developing different types of herbal gardens in West Bengal. For a state rich biodiversity and herbal heritage, the information showcases the significant emphasis on encouraging herbal gardens in this region.
The Central Sector Scheme has garnered praise from environmentalists, botanists, and advocates of traditional medicine. As the scheme progresses, it is expected that more organizations will actively participate in contributing to the growth and preservation of India’s invaluable herbal heritage.