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Techno Economic Feasibility Study for Establishment of a Model Garden of Indigenous Medicinal and Aromatic Plant- Dept. of Land Resources., Govt. of Nagaland – 2007

The State of Nagaland with its diverse resources of land and rich bio-diversity possesses high potential for commercial production of large number of indigenous medicinal and aromatic plants which are required by pharmaceutical and cosmetics/toiletries industries. Promotion of their cultivation and value addition by processing is a component of the Technology Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture in the North East Region. The Mission provides financial and technical support to prospective growers. There is a felt need for identifying plant species which have potential for being cultivated on commercial scale in the state and organise demonstrations on their high tech production and post harvest practices of the interested growers. Hence the Dept. of Land Resource, Govt. of Nagaland proposed to establish a 5 ha model garden at Dimapur to meet this felt R & D need.

AFC conducted a detailed mapping exercise on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAP) and interacted with the concerned departments such as North Eastern Council, the Horticulture Mission for identification of plant species to ascertain techno-economic feasibility for setting up a model Garden of MAP. In addition to identification of plant species for demonstration in the Garden, the Report also spelt out the infrastructure required for propagation and multiplication of planting material for being supplied to interested entrepreneurs such as Tissue culture lab, Analytical lab as also machinery/equipment to be provided in the model garden for cultivation and processing of selected MAP.