SETTING UP OF MODAL HERBAL GARDENS
Kanyakumari-District is famous herbals and herbal medicines. Herbal plants are used for producing different therapeutic medicines. There is a growing demand for herbal medicines in the local market and the demand for it will further grow in the coming days. Ayurvedic medicine preparation companies are purchasing herbs in large quantity for herbal medicine preparation, which offers an assured market for the herbs grown by the tribal people. In order to promote herbal cultivation and propagation of herbs SMIDS has set-up five model herbal gardens in the project area. The model herbal gardens are established at Thadikkarakonam, Arukani, Keeripari, Thalakkumali and Pathukani.
Proper green house facilities are erected these five places to keep the herbal saplings. The model herbal garden unit is entrusted to a tribal family from the area and it is his responsibility to raise herbal saplings and sell it to the farmers who are interested to grow herbal plants. SMIDS has given necessary guidance and facilitation in running the Model Herbal Garden. Saplings and seeds of endangered herbal plants were collected from the forest by using the traditional health practitioner who knows about the therapeutic value of such herbs.
Model Herbal Gardens are found very useful for the villagers in getting good quality saplings of different useful herbs and medicinal plants. Further herbal gardens are taking effective steps to preserve and propagate endangered herbs in the area. Model Herbal Garden is serving as a demonstration unit where one can learn more about different medicinal plants and its therapeutic value.