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WE NEED TO GO BACK TO NATURE SAYS AYUSH MINISTER

                                                                                                                        Panaji, April 9, 2018

                                                                                                                        Chaitra, 19, 1940

            "Nature has kept for us everything. We need to go back to nature," said the Minister for AYUSH, Independent Charge, Government of India, Shri. Shripad Naik at the inauguration of the Medicinal Plants’ Stakeholders' Meeting at Dona Paula, today, organised by the State Medicinal Plants Board-Goa.

            Shri Naik further said that we are moving away from nature, as a result of which we are facing the consequences. The Minister praised the Indian system of medicines for its healing properties. He said that farmers are the ones who can take India forward.

            Finance Secretary, Shri. Daulat Hawaldar, IAS, highlighted the constant struggle between man and nature and asked people to respect nature.

            On the occasion, the Bhuvan e-HERBS Mobile App (Herbal Biodiversity and Sustainability) was launched. Smt. Shomita Biswas, IFS, and Chief Executive Officer of the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), said that since Goa is located in the Western Ghats, which is a hotspot for medicinal plants, it gives Goa a special position in the world. She spoke of the potential for youngsters in Goa to get employed in the field of medicinal plants as she said the medicinal plants are easy to grow, involves less maintenance and there are less chances of attack from pests and wildlife. There is a lot of demand for medicinal plants she said and added that the possibility of exploring herbal eco-tourism should be explored.

            On the occasion, Shri. Shrihari Subai Naik Kurade, a progressive farmer was felicitated with the Aushadi Vanaspati Mitra Award 2016-17. Shri Kurade told people to get back to agriculture and spoke of how the Goan soil was very fertile and favorable for cultivation.

            Present at the function were Chief Executive Officer, State Medicinal Plants Board-Goa (SMPB-Goa), Shri. Kuldeep Sharma, IFS, Member Secretary, Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB) Shri. Pradip Sarmokadam among others.

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