Malayala Manorama
Thursday, November 17, 2005

Co-operative herbal cultivation offering huge potential

Kerala is a huge market for co-operative herbal cultivation, opined Dr Muhammed Majeed, Chairman and Managing Director of Bangalore based Sami Labs Limited. He was delivering the key-note address on the "Opportunities and Challenges for Ayurveda" organized by the Malayala Manorama at Trissur. This was part of the 10-Point Agenda Program for the development of Kerala put forward by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the President of India at the Kerala Assembly. With the herbal medicinal plants getting recognition in the world market, the demand for herbal plants has enormously increased, said Dr Majeed.


Dr Majeed delivering the key not address on the "Opportunities and Challenges for Ayurveda". This was part of the 10-Point Agenda Program for the development of Kerala put forward by the President of India.

Ayurveda is still in acceptance by 85 % of the population inspite of the fact that there are two major unacceptable factors in Ayurveda – lack of standardization and the existence of metals. One of the major drawbacks with Ayurveda is that it never made use of the existing scientific technology for its production. Thus it becomes mandatory that the required standards and limits should be imposed in Ayurveda.

For the growth of Ayurveda it becomes necessary that we identify the ingredients that contribute to the medicinal properties of a herb and term them as “BioMakers”. Simultaneously, with the changing time changes should be brought about in the traditional method of treatment, suggested Dr Majeed.