Kudumbashree to foray into medicinal plant cultivation
Thrissur: The Kudumbashree will start cultivating 12 varities medicinal plants for production of Ayurvedic medicines. Thrissur Kudumbashree District Mission is planning to initiate the farming from May 2018.
The medicinal plants garden named ‘Oushada Vanam’ will be arranged in association with Mattathur Labour Co-operative Society. It has been reported that Kudumbashree will market the ayurvedic medicines outside the state.
As far as production of ayurvedic medicines is concerned, Kerala lags behind other states. Considering this, Kudumbashree has decided to take up the task.
Kudumbashree in association with Mattathur Co-operative Society has been producing ‘Kadali’ plantain for Guruvayur temple.
About the Medicinal plant cultivation
A team of Kudumbashree has started to find suitable soil for the cultivation. Different plants will be cultivated in various regions and collected through block level committee. The collected plants will be taken to the procurement centre under co-operative society.
Kerala Forest Research Institute will collect seeds for the farming with the sponsorship of State Medicinal Plants Board.
Medicinal plants namely Kurunthotti, Koduveli, Sathavari, Kiriyath, Iruveli, Kacholam, Aadalodakam, Adapathiyan,Kodithoova,Karinkurinji, Orila and Moovila will be cultivated.
Turmeric cultivation and scope
Kudumabsree will also start cultivating turmeric as there is a demand of 7 crore kg turmeric in Kerala. To meet the demand, farming need to be done in 3000 to 4000 acres of land. It has been learned that if Kudumbashree cultivates turmeric in every block panchayat, the scarcity will be solved.
In a unique initiative, classes on the farming are being organised for Kudumbashree members in every block.
“Kudumbashree District Mission is launching such a big project for the first time. This year, our 48 Onam markets were a huge success. Such achievements encourage us to experiment new missions,” said KV Jyothish Kumar, Kudumbashree District Mission Coordinator.
“We are planning to produce a major share of medicines sold in Kerala through Kudumbashree by 2020. According to sources, 25 percent of medicines is not produced in Kerala. Therefore, we have decided to tie up with Kudumbashree,” said KP Prasanth, Mattathur Labour Co-operative Society secretary.