Demand for medicinal plants shoots up
Sohanjana eco club distributes 6,926 free saplings of medicinal plants
Eileen Singh CHANDIGARH: The efforts of Chandigarh medicinal plants board and forest department to spread awareness about medicinal plants through seminars and training programmes is finally bearing fruit as the demand for saplings of these valuable plants has shot up as compared to the past.
Sohanjana eco club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, has been distributing free saplings for the last five years. Beginning with 25 plants in 2008, the club has distributed a record 6,926 saplings in nine months of 2012. The club expects to double this figure for 2013.
It is pertinent to mention here that the medicinal plants board, and forest and education departments have come
This initiative needs to be carried on. The board distributed 35,000 saplings in 2011. We also ensure whether plants are being properly nurtured SANTOSH KUMAR conservator, forests
together to spread awareness and provide the technical knowhow among youngsters, besides undertaking free distribution of saplings among schools, colleges, NGOs and individuals.
Eco club patron Om Parkash, who is also coordinator-cumoverall incharge of 126 eco-clubs, said, “These saplings are distributed free of cost to popularise medicinal plants. There has been a steady hike in number of distributed saplings due to increased awareness among the people about the benefits
These saplings are distributed free to popularise medicinal plants. There has been a steady hike in demand due to increased awareness OM PARKASH patron, eco club
of various plants.”
Baljinder Kaur, incharge of GMSSS-46, said, “The students also actively participate in tending to these plants and also keep a track of distributed saplings.”
Saplings of medicinal plants are ready for distribution from March to April and July to October, including those of brahmi, shataveri, pipli, manduparni, ararkara, kala vasa, aloe vera, kammegh, sachar, touchme-not, nizboo, mehndi, jatropha, stevia, jamun, shehtoot, sohanjana, sal parni, ajwain khurasani, pathar chatt, nirgundi, sada bahar pink, sada bahar white, peppermint, lemon grass and bhringraj.
“This is an initiative that needs to be carried on for years to come. The board alone distributed 35,000 saplings in 2011 among individuals and states. We also carry out a regular follow-up to see whether plants are being properly nurtured,” said conservator of forests Santosh Kumar, who is also chief executive officer of Chandigarh medicinal plants board.
The saplings are not only distributed in the city but also in schools and colleges in neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab. Individuals regularly visit the eco club and collect saplings.
“I regularly get various plants like stevia that reduce blood sugar and also aloe vera apart from mehndi,” said Preeti Sinha of Sector 40.