Madhya Pradesh is going to participate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's self-reliant India campaign in the crisis of Corona. One step of this partnership is being taken by promoting medicinal farming.
For this, the state government is giving shape to a plan of about Rs 100 crore. Through this, the area of medicinal farming will be increased in the state on 10 thousand hectare every year.
In it, clusters of growing different drugs will be formed in more than a dozen districts selected for medicinal farming.
By adding new farmers to medicinal farming, their medicinal produce will not only be marketed, but they will also be motivated to set up processing units. <! –
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will review the proposal of this scheme soon. After this the plan will be finalized and sent to the Government of India for approval.
Currently, in Madhya Pradesh, medicines are cultivated in an area of 35-40 thousand hectares. It includes Neemuch, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Shajapur, Agar-Malwa, Dewas etc. districts of Malwa.
Apart from these, districts like Hoshangabad, Betul, Mandla, Shahdol, Anuppur, Datia etc. also cultivate medicines. Many farmers in Malwa districts are currently cultivating Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Isabgol, Tulsi, Kalmegh, Giloy, Chandrasur, Aloe vera etc.
Market for medicinal crops in Neemuch has also been prepared. The government plans that by recognizing these possibilities of Madhya Pradesh, not only farmers' income can be increased by promoting medicinal farming, but also by contributing to the country's self-sufficiency by increasing the production of medicines.
Among these, drugs like Giloy, Ashwagandha, Asparagus, Guarpatha are also effective in increasing immunity of people. This will also help in fighting viruses like Corona.
At this time, Malwa is becoming the leader in the field of medicinal farming. Nimad is also playing a supporting role in this. Neemuch-Mandsaur district of Ujjun division has become its stronghold.
According to Neemuch Horticulture Deputy Director Narayan Singh Kushwaha, about 20 thousand farmers are doing medicinal farming here. Ashwagandha is being sown in about 1200 hectares.
Ashwagandha is also exported to America, Germany and Arab countries, which is useful in increasing immunity. Asparagus, Isabgol, Tulsi, nigella, white musli, Kalmegh, Giloy are also cultivated.
For the first time this year, we have Google installed some farmers. Its plants have been brought from Gujarat. Google's latex gum, which turns out to be milk, is effective in diseases such as cancer, heart disease. According to Ashish Kalesh, Joint Director Horticulture of Ujjun Division, we are also going to work on cultivation of extinct drugs. Farmers are encouraged for this.
Farmer Radheshyam Parihar of Vinayaga village in Barod tehsil of Agar-Malwa district has become an example in the whole of Malwa-Nimar in terms of medicinal farming.
Parihar, educated only till 10th, has only 15 acres of agricultural land, but has gradually started to do medicinal farming in 520 acres by adding other farmers in Malwa and Nimad.
They have not only formed their own company, but are also paying GST and income tax to the government. According to Parihar, the company's annual turnover is Rs 1.80 crore. Indore, Dhar, Dewas, Barwani, Shajapur districts also provide medicinal farming training to farmers.