Training on ‘Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in NEH region’ Organized

22nd February 2014, Umiam

Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research (DMAPR), Anand organized a 3-day (11-13 February, 2014) training programme on ‘Good Agricultural and Collection Practices of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants’ at ICAR Research Complex for North-Eastern Hill (NEH) region, Umiam, Meghalaya.

Dr. S.V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR-RC for NEH, Umiam inaugurated the programme as Chief Guest on 11th February, 2014. He highlighted the importance of cultivation and collection practices of medicinal and aromatic plants to maintain the quality to attract the entrepreneurs and boost the business. He emphasized upon scope of medicinal and aromatic plants in NEH region and urged to take up basic and strategic research in this sector for the benefit of the region.

 Dr. Satyabrata Maiti, Director, DMAPR, Anand presided over the inaugural function. In his address, he highlighted the importance of traditional system of medicines like Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha. He expressed the concerns over major challenges of addressing quality and safety, facing by the sector. Dr. Maiti also emphasized upon the need of good agricultural and collection practices for the production of quality raw material in medicinal plants.

Earlier, Dr. Arnab Sen, Head, Division of Animal Health welcomed dignitaries and participants and Dr. R.S. Jat, Senior Scientist, DMAPR, Anand briefed the gathering about the training programme.

Various aspects of GACP for medicinal and aromatic plants like principles of GACP, biodiversity management; protection of plant varieties, breeders and farmers right’s; DUS testing for medicinal plants; quality control and certification, quality seed and planting material and the status of marketing and supply chain were discussed during the three-day programme .

(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA, New Delhi, with inputs from the consortium partner DMAPR, Anand)