The ministry of AYUSH, under the National AYUSH Mission (NAM) scheme, is focussing on cultivation of medicinal plants in identified clusters/zones. The government will extend support for cultivation of prioritized medicinal plants on farmers’ land; establishment of nurseries; post-harvest management; and processing services among others.
Under this scheme, the government will provide subsidy at 30%, 50% and 75% of cultivation cost of specific plant species for 140 medicinal plants.
The National Medicinal plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, is also implementing Central Sector Scheme on “Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants” wherein following activities are supported:
- In-situ conservation / Ex-situ conservation
- Livelihood linkages with Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMCs) / Panchayats / Van Panchayats / Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) / Self Help Groups (SHGs).
- IEC activities like training / workshops / seminars/ conferences etc.
- Research & Development.
- Promotion, marketing and trade of medicinal plants produce.
Besides, the finance ministry has announced Rs 4000 crore package under Atma Nirbhar Bharat for promotion of herbal cultivation. The Ministry of AYUSH has also prepared a draft scheme namely “Pradhan Mantri VRIKSH AYUSH Yojana” for cultivation and marketing of medicinal plants which is yet to be approved from Cabinet. The scheme will be implemented throughout the country, the AYUSH ministry said in a press release.