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New Delhi : The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, (CSIR-CIMAP), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, signed an MoU on December 6, 2021, for extending joint collaborative efforts to promote the production of quality planting material (QPM) of medicinal plants.

The MoU will facilitate development of QPM of medicinal plants and herbs identified by NMPB and help in establishment of their nurseries for QPM development, promotion, conservation, and cultivation of the appropriate medicinal plants in different agro-climatic zones. CSIR-CIMAP, Lucknow, can also undertake research on mass multiplication, agro-technology development, and Quality Planting Material generation,  of selected medicinal plants and herbs, according to a PIB release.

During the tenure of MoU, NMPB will work through its implementing agencies i.e. State Medicinal Plant Boards, State Horticulture Departments, Regional-cum-Facilitation Centres across India in conjunction and collaboration with CSIR-CIMAP Lucknow and support projects related to QPM Development of Medicinal Plants Species.

Working under the Ministry of Ayush, NMPB is mandated to coordinate all matters relating to medicinal plants and support Policies and Programmes for growth of trade, export, conservation, and cultivation of medicinal plants.