Smuggling of forest produce:Committees set up to conserve medicinal plants
Srinagar, Sep 27:
Waking up to the exploitation of high-value medicinal plants, Jammu and Kashmir
government has constituted district level committees of experts for the
preservation of endangered plant species in the state.
become haven for smugglers who are exploiting the rich resource of medicinal
plants, which are used in aromatherapy and cosmetics.
There are 571 different
kinds of medicinal plants available in the state. Several medicinal and aromatic plant species
like Trillium is at the verge of extinction.
plant having huge international value is Artemisia (Wormwood), locally known as
Tethwan. These could be found in Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Gananpeer and parts of
Budgam and Kupwara. Other medicinal
plants smuggled from Kashmir include ‘Kutki’, which is widely used in Ayurvedic
Sources said that
Governor-led administration has expressed concern over extinction of several
rare medicinal plants. “The authorities have directed officers to take
necessary measures for preservation of medicinal plants,” sources said.
accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the government has decided to
constitute district level committees of experts for the preservation of
endangered plant species in the state.
government has also constituted a nine member committee headed by Secretary
Health and Medical Education Department to monitor and evaluate all activities
under J&K State Medicinal Plants Board and for effective implementation of
the schemes for preservation of medicinal plants in the state.
has been unhappy with the performance of JK State Medicinal Plants Board for
failing to preserve the rare medicinal plant species. These committees have
been constituted to ensure rare plant species are protected,” sources said.
Earlier in 2005,
the J&K government had imposed a ban on the extraction of medicinal plants,
fearing extinction of some species. However in 2013, J&K Government lifted
ban on the extraction of several medicinal plants and other minor forest
Governor, K Vijay Kumar, who also holds the portfolio of Forest Department, recently
said government was taking several measures for preservation of medicinal
is also going to frame a state medicinal plant policy to make medicinal plants
sustainable. We have also directed the officials to take steps for re-generation
of plant species which are rare so there is no fear of their extinction.
Efforts are also being made to stop smuggle of forest produce,” Kumar has said.