Ministry of AYUSH, implementing CSS of National AYUSH Mission Under ‘Medicinal Plants’

New Delhi, March 09: Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India is implementing Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM). Under ‘Medicinal Plants’ component of the NAM scheme supporting market driven cultivation of prioritized medicinal plants in identified cluster and zones with in selected districts of States and implemented in a mission mode.

As per the scheme guidelines, the support is provided for, Cultivation of prioritized medicinal plants on farmer’s land Establishment of nurseries with backward linkages for raising and supply of quality planting material, Post-harvest management with forward linkages, Primary processing, marketing infrastructure etc.

Under this scheme, subsidy @30%, 50% and 75% of cultivation cost of specific plant species is provided for cultivation of 140 medicinal plants.  National Medicinal plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India 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 and Conferences etc, Research & Development, Promotion, marketing and trade of medicinal plants produce.

Ministry of AYUSH is supporting cultivation of medicinal plants on farmer’s land throughout the country by providing subsidy for 140 medicinal plants @30%, 50% and 75% of cost of its cultivation, depending upon the status of availability and market demand as per operational guidelines of the Scheme.

The Ministry of AYUSH has supported 56396 hectare area under cultivation of Medicinal Plants in National AYUSH Mission (NAM) scheme. The detail of area covered under cultivation of medicinal plant throughout the country from the F.Y 2015-16 to 2020-21 is given at Annexure.

Ministry of Finance has announced Rs. 4000 crore package under Atma Nirbhar Bharat for Promotion of Herbal Cultivation. The Ministry of AYUSH has 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 Minister of State (The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), Sh. Kiren Rijiju (Additional Charge) stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.

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