International herbal fair

Experts from neighbouring countries give suggestions on forest produce management

Bhopal, December 14, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan):   At a workshop during International Herbal Fair 2015 here on Sunday, experts from neighbouring countries gave suggestions on management of non-wood forest produce and make them more profitable and useful for public consumption. The workshop was held at Academy of Administration. Stalls have been put up by Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtara, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Bihar at the Herbal Fair. Of the 300 stalls, over 115 belong to cooperative societies. So far, over Rs. 20 lakh herbs and forest produce have been sold in the Fair. Large number of people visited the Fair at Lal Parade Ground today. OPDs of naturopathy are also functioning free of cost in the fair. Ayurveda experts and doctors are treating people in 23 OPDs for different diseases. Medical camps will continue till December 15. Open forum, quiz forum, puppet show, magic show, Rajasthani and Bundeli songs and dances were also presented on Fair premises. Buyer-seller meet will be held on Monday where MoUs will be signed between forest produce sellers and buyers.

Today, painting, fancy dress programmes by school children, solo acting, hip-hop dance and orchestra were main attractions of the Fair today. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Ravi Shrivastava, Bhutan’s Forest Department and Park Service’s Mr. Sewang Dorji Sritasi, Nepal Forest Department’s Mr. Mohanraj Kafle, Bangladesh Forest Department’s Mr. Mohammad Yunis Ali and Mr. Abu Naser Mohsin Hussain Srilanka Forest Department’s Mr. M.M. Varunapriya, H.A. Anura, MD of Laghu Vanopaj Sangh Dr. Animesh Shukla and retired PCCF Mr. Ramesh Dave were also present on the occasion.