Vision & Mission


Vision Document of the Karnataka State Medicinal Plants Authority for 2010-2020

Karnataka State Medicinal Plants Authority (KaMPA) was established in 2002 to facilitate all aspects of development of medicinal plants in Karnataka.

KaMPA’s vision for the next decade (2010-2020) is summarised as under.



a. To provide support for cultivation of medicinal plants:

All such area in the state where there is potential for medicinal plants  cultivation based on agro climatic suitability and the presence of trade and marketing infrastructure as well as universities / R&D Institutions, which can be involved in technical training, capacity building and other training will be identified to support cultivation.

The activities related to processing, storage and marketing etc., will be taken up in a project mode where the ownership of infrastructure and processing units, their maintenance and sustainability, in terms of pre and post harvest linkages will be properly examined. Such infrastructure will converge with cultivation clusters and their location.

There will be an organic link to the nursery and area expansion component.  This will be done to ensure that plants raised in the nursery have adequate cultivation tie-ups to avoid being wasted.  Also, the planting material will be of elite variety and verified/certified through the Facilitation Centres set-up in the state which have expertise and infrastructure to do so.

The linkages of the subsidies level ranging from 20% to 75% from the National Medicinal Plants Board, Government of India will be utilised for cultivation of medicinal plants.

The selection of species for cultivation will be based on suitability of species in the given agro climatic zone, their demand in the market and their status as Rare, Endangered and Threatened.

Post harvest management will have organic linkages with other activities of cultivation and marketing.



b. Support research on Medicinal Plants in Karnataka:

KaMPA is facilitating and monitoring research on various aspects of medicinal plants, their cultivation and pathogens which affect them. During the decade it is envisaged to promote such research on:

  1. Development of quality control specifications, collection, chemical and molecular characterisation of medicinal plants in demand.

 

  1. Collection, chemical and Molecular profiling, domestication and conservation of selected Rare, Endangered, Threatened (RET) species of various important medicinal plants.

 

  1. Morphological, biochemical and molecular characterisation of selected RET species.

 

  1. Development of effective Disease Management practices of various important medicinal plants etc.

 



c. Establishing Herbal Garden:

The vision for the current decade also envisages a herbal garden for each village. Land under control of the Minor Irrigation Department is aimed to be utilized for this purpose.
Ayruvedic colleges under the Department of AYUSH will be encouraged and their experience and expertise utilised to establish herbal gardens in each village. The Department of AYUSH will be the Nodal Department to establish these herbal gardens.



d. To promote relevant projects supporting the conservation and development of Medicinal Plants in Karnataka:

Relevant projects will be prepared by Institutions like Universities, Colleges, Government Organisations, Non-Government Organisations etc., under the guidance of the KaMPA with the financial assistance from with the Government of India and Government of Karnataka.

These projects will include

  1. Development and promotion of RET species

 

  1. Establishment of medicinal and herbal garden

 

  1. In-situ conservation of medicinal plants in forest areas of Karnataka

 

  1. Value addition by primary processing of important Medicinal Plants

 

  1. Ex-situ Conservation and utilisation of medicinal plants in Karnataka

 

  1. Cost effective study for micro propagation in Karnataka

 

  1. Sustainable harvest, augmentation and marketing of selected medicinal plants through the FDA structure of Karnataka Forest Department.



Establishing market linkages of Medicinal Plants:

Support will be provided to cultivators of developed infrastructure facilities for storage, processing, packaging of medicinal plants.

Value addition will also be an important component for development. Training for all these activities including best harvest practices will be provided to cultivators.

Establishing market linkages will be a vital aspect for development of medicinal plants during the decade. At present, requirement of the industries based on raw-material of medicinal plant parts, has already been established especially with the farmers. This will be further strengthened.

The concept of ‘Mandies’ to channelise the bulk of certified raw material of medicinal plants and other medicinal plants based products in the market will be established in Karnataka with probable support of the Karnataka Forest Industries Corporation. This will be more or less on the lines of Mandies already established in other states.

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