Growth in the export of Ayurvedic medicines

Mar 22:The Ministry has developed a Central Sector Scheme for Promotion of International Co-operation in AYUSH (IC Scheme) under which Ministry of Ayush provides support to Indian Ayush Manufacturers/ Ayush Service providers to give a boost to export of AYUSH products & services; facilitate the International promotion, development, and recognition of AYUSH system of medicine; foster interaction of stakeholders and market development of AYUSH at international level; promote academics and research through the establishment of AYUSH Academic Chairs in foreign countries and holding training workshop/symposiums for promoting and strengthening awareness and interest about AYUSH Systems of Medicine at international level.

Ministry of Ayush has taken the following steps towards promoting the export of Ayurvedic medicines:

  • Ministry has signed 25 Country to Country MoUs for Cooperation in the field of Traditional Medicine and Homoeopathy with foreign nations.
  • 32 MoUs have been signed with international institutes for undertaking Collaborative Research / Academic collaboration.
  • 14 MoUs have been signed with international institutes for the setting up of Ayush Academic Chairs in foreign nations.
  • Ministry of Ayush has provided support for the establishment of 38 Ayush Information Cells in 34 foreign nations.
  • The “Ayush Export Promotion Council” has been registered under section 8(4) of the Companies Act 2013 on 04th January 2022 under the Ministry of Ayush in support of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to tackle the obstacles for registration of AYUSH products abroad, the undertaking of market studies and research activities abroad
  • Ministry of Ayush provides scholarships to foreign nationals under the AYUSH Fellowship scheme.
  • MoUs have been signed with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSH&TM), the UK, and Frankfurter Innovationszentrum Biotechnologie GmbH (FIZ), Frankfurt Germany for clinical research studies on mitigation of Covid-19 through Ayurveda.
  • Ministry of Ayush issued advisories on protecting people from COVID and staying healthy in English as well as in 08 other foreign languages.
  • Ministry of Ayush provides AYUSH Educational Training to regulators of foreign nations.

Medicinal Plants are the major resources base for Ayurvedic medicines and to increase the availability of medicinal plants for Ayurvedic medicines, the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of Ayush under its “Central Sector Scheme for Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants” has the provision to support State Forest Departments for resource augmentation of medicinal plants in the country. The project-based financial assistance is also provided to Government and Non-government organizations for developing Quality Planting materials (QPM) of medicinal plants and thereby ensuring the sustainable availability of medicinal plant raw materials for Ayurvedic medicines.

NMPB has developed the “e-CHARAK” portal which is a virtual marketplace for collectors, farmers, traders of medicinal plants, and ASU&H drug manufacturers. It facilitates the trade of medicinal plants by providing a platform for the sale, purchase of Medicinal plant’s raw material and also facilitates information exchange between various stakeholders involved in the medicinal plants’ sector. It is a multilingual platform available as Web and Mobile (IOS and Android) in 7 languages hosting agro-techniques of Medicinal and Aromatic plants, GAP, GFC, post-harvest management techniques, schemes, etc.

This information was given by the Minister of Ayush Shri Sarbananda Sonowal in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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