Arogya Fair 2018 inaugural function
Arogya Fair 2018 inaugural function

Fair held in Manipur to promote usage of medicinal plants

ANI | Updated: Dec 13, 2018 21:19 IST

Imphal (Manipur) Dec 13 (ANI): The northeastern province of Manipur is not only known for its rich cultural ethos but is also blessed with abundant natural resources that are unexplored and untouched. The central government is taking several steps to explore and promote medicinal plants.
To showcase the revitalization of a traditional system of medicines, market promotion of the medicinal plants and boost income generation, the first-ever four-day-long Arogya Fair 2018 was recently organized in Manipur at City Convention, Palace Compound in Imphal East.
"The Ministry has taken up some serious steps and that is the reason for organizing this big Mela. Around 29 states are taking part along with one from Myanmar. And I request the ministers to enhance the farmer's activities, mainly in the medicinal plant," said N Biren Singh, Chief Minister, Manipur.
The event was inaugurated by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh in presence of Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shripad Yesso Naik.
According to reports, of the total 10,000 identified medical and aromatic plants found in different parts of the world, Manipur has around 500 varieties of plants. During the fair, 42 stalls including one from Myanmar, leading AYUSH drug manufacturing companies, processing units and drug testing laboratories were displayed.
As part of the fair, career counseling on AYUSH study, talent hunt of students, interaction with buyers and sellers, demonstration of Yoga and naturopathy were conducted apart from distribution of AYUSH sports medicine kits.
"Our main focus is the Northeast region, especially Manipur to preserve the medicinal plant and whatever scheme available, we are trying our best to give to the people of Manipur," said Shripad Yesso Naik, Union Minister of State.
Manipur, a hub of medicinal plants that are yet to be explored effectively, can become a self-reliant state if these huge resources are utilized properly. (ANI)