With a view to conserve and strengthen the usage of herbal plants, The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) has decided to set up herbal gardens across the country.
"Herbal and Botanic Gardens are playing a key role in protecting our plants. Herbal plants are essential for all life on earth, including humans, but they are endangered, causing the plant population and diversity to decline," R K Pachauri, Director General of TERI said.
The first garden would come up in the National Capital Region where TERI plans to distribute plants of multi-variety usage like Tulsi, Isabgol, Stevia (aroma plant) and mint, Amit Thakur, project-in-charge said.
The objective to set up herbal gardens and integrated resource centres is to educate urban and rural households, RWAs, schools and colleges on the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants, particularly in the context of primary health care, he said.
To meet the demand for plants, TERI's research institute in Nainital is raising seedlings and indigenous herbal and fruit tree species, he added.