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Tripura to encourage medicinal plant cultivation

 AGARTALA, Oct 29 The autonomous Tripura Forest Development and Plantation Corporation (TFDPC) has decided to encourage bamboo cultivation and medicinal plant and rare herb plantations, besides rubber, officials said today.

The plan will be implemented across Tripura where tribals were given land pattas under Forest Right Act, TFDPC officials said.

About 1.18 lakh tribal people were given pattas under the Act in Tripura.

A draft has been chalked out for the promotion of bamboo cultivation and medicinal plant and herb plantations here, they said. About 200 species of medicinal plants and herbs are available in Tripura.

Only recently, an expression of interest for procurement of Kalmegh (Andrigraphis Paniculata) and Shatamuli (Asparagus Recemosus Wild) was invited by the TFDPC.

TFDPC will financially assist cultivators besides technical support through MGNREGA. The marketing of products will be done by concerned departments, he said.

If the work is succesfully implemented and rural people take interest it would boost the economy of the State, the officials said. PTI

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