Gardens to create awareness on herbs

To create awareness on herbs which have many medicinal values, Zilla Panchayat, along with Social Forestry and Ayush Department, has developed two herbal gardens (Dhanvanthari Gidamoolika Vana) in the district.

The herbal garden at Government Primary school at Golithottu in Puttur was inaugurated recently. The garden has come up on one acre of land and has 20 varieties of herbs. The school development and monitoring committee will maintain the garden.

Another garden is coming up on Gram Panchayat land at Bellare in Sullia taluk.

Many herbs, which are used in the preparation of medicines, are always available in the vicinity of the households and fields. However, the general public are neither aware of its presence nor its value.

Since generations
Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr M R Ravi said, “Our forefathers were consuming herbs which had medicinal values and led a healthy life. India is a country where natural resources are available in abundance. Many people have no knowledge on the rich hebal treasure of the land. In the name of development, forest is getting destroyed. Along with forest, the rich herbs are also getting extinct. To create awareness on the herbs, among children, the idea of herbal garden has been mooted.”

Ravi said such initiatives will be extended in the future. The garden has been developed under social forestry linked document and MGNREGS at an estimated cost of Rs 40,000. The herbal plants grown in the garden are include Basale Soppu, Kadu Shunthi, tincture plant, Insulin plan, Amritha Balli,  Aadu Soge, Honagane Soppu, Mugri Balli, Alovera, Karpoora Tulasi, Vitamin Plant, Nekki, Ondelaga, Hippali, Madhunashini, Garuga, Kirathakaddi,  Pashana Bhedi, Sambrani, and Sogade Beru.

He said students should adopt the plants and nurture them. The students who nurture the plants well will be felicitated, he added.
 

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