22nd January, 2013, Anand
A two-day national conference on “Integration of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants for Rural Development and Prosperity” was organised jointly by the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Association of India (MAPAI), Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research (DMAPR) and Anand Agricultural University (AAU), Anand during 22-23rd January, 2013 at Anand.
The chief guest, Dr. R.R Hanchinal, in his inaugural address, drew the attention about importance of recognizing the communities and farmers who are involved since many centuries in conserving the wealth of biodiversity. The integration of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAP) cultivation, processing and marketing with rural development are essential to bring economic prosperity to the farmers and cultivators at the grass root level. He wished the conference would come up with achievable plan of action for the growth and development of MAP sector.
Prof. Harish Padh, Vice Chancellor, Sardar Patel Univeristy, Vallabh Vidya Nagar suggested to map the traditional healing practices which may not be available in the Indian system of Medicine (ISM), and urged to maintain quality in preparation of ayurvedic drugs by employing good agricultural and collection practices to ensure better market and price.
Dr. AM Shekh, Vice Chancellor, AAU, Anand in his presidential address highlighted the problems faced by the MAP cultivating farmers. He opined that integration of medicinal and aromatic plants with the rural people can increase their livelihood and economic standard for bringing prosperity.
Earlier Dr. Satyabrata Maiti, Director, DMAPR and President, MAPAI welcomed and participants presented an overview of the conference.
More than, 200 participants comprising of academicians, researchers, private sector, entrepreneurs, policy makers within the country and aboard participated in the inaugural function of the conference.
The plenary session of the conference was chaired by Dr. C. Devakumar, ADG (EPD), ICAR, New Delhi. He emphasized the need for prioritization of some industrially important MAP with ensured buy back arrangements to make commercial cultivation by the rural people a sucess.
Dr. G.R Smitha, Treasurer, MAPAI proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: DMAPR, Anand, Gujarat)