International Herbal Forest Fair inaugurated
Madhya Pradesh Forest Minister Sartaj Singh has said that several countries are coming forward to adopt Ayurved these days and India should make efforts through scientific research that out thousands of years old system of medicine regains its old glory.
Inaugurating the five-day International Herbal Forest Fair at Lal Parade Ground here last evening, Mr Singh said that efforts are being made to provide employment to 35 lakh tribal families connected with forest produce collection in the state, an official statement said.
State Home Minister Umashankar Gupta said that the fair is proving to be a powerful medium for economic progress of tribals while Minister of State for Forests Jaisingh Marawi said that a number of rare herbs are found in the state are needed to be preserved and augmented with people's cooperation.
Laghu Vanopaj Sangh Chairman Vishwas Sarang said that the fair, which started from five stalls in the year 2001, now assumed global proportions.
Representatives from six countries including USA and England and 16 states are participating in the fair. A total of 327 stalls have been installed at the fair, where sellers will display and sell the products collected and processed by them.
At the fair, free OPD service of Indian systems of medicine has been arranged. As many as 64 Vaids are rendering their services.