The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), under the Union Ministry of Ayush, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying for research on new formulations in quality drugs for veterinary science through medicinal herbs.
The initiative involves capacity building in related areas through training, exploring marketing possibilities for herbal veterinary medicines on a sustainable basis and providing for services including cultivation, preservation and conservation of medicinal plants.
The Union Ministry of Ayush will support Department of Animal Husbandry for developing curriculum and courses for Ayush herbal veterinary education programs, identifying potential medicinal plant species used in veterinary medicine and provide their standards, training and awareness program on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) & Good Field Collection Practices (GFCPs), etc.
Besides, the ministry will support the Department of Animal Husbandry for development of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for manufacturing of Ayush/herbal veterinary medicines, skill development and capacity building, facilitate and render financial assistance for plantations and nursery development for medicinal plants, facilitate standardizing norms for medicinal plants, assist establishing research and testing centers as per scope of the scheme, said Ayuh ministry.
The Department of Animal Husbandry will support Union Ministry of Ayush for its expert technical opinion for essentiality, desirability and feasibility with respect to ayurvedic medicines. The Department will create awareness with support of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) among dairy farmers and agro-farmers about utilization and importance of herbal veterinary medicine and cultivation of medicinal herbs.
Besides, the Department of Animal Husbandry will support Union Ministry of Ayush to develop course curriculum for Ayurveda and its allied subjects in veterinary medicine, identify list of priority livestock and poultry diseases of economic importance with respect to research activity or application of veterinary Ayurveda and allied streams. It will also support farmers for undertaking cultivation and conservation of medicinal plants and related activities, support identify opportunities for scientific and technological collaboration to research institute (Veterinary Colleges and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) research institutes).
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