THD HelpDesk, Panaji: Under the national AYUSH mission’s scheme titled ‘scheme for development and cultivation of medicinal plants’, the Goa government has invited applications from farmers for the cultivation of medicinal plants.
The plants under consideration are:
- Stevia, the leaves of which are used as a sweetener and sugar substitute.
- Pipli or Indian long pepper is used to improve appetite and digestion, as well as treat stomach ache, heartburn, and indigestion.
- Kokum, which is famed for its pharmaceutical and culinary uses.
Under the scheme, the farmers can avail the following amount per hectare:
- Rs 1.3 lakh per hectare in an area of 12.5 hectares for stevia plantations
- For the growers of Pipli and kokum, the eligibility is Rs 27,000 per hectare in an area of 20 hectares.
Who can apply?
- Farmers owning a Krishi card or Kisan credit card are eligible to apply.
- Farmers with ownership documents of the land being cultivated.
- Anyone with interest in the cultivation of any other species of medicinal plants can also submit their proposals.
The last date for applications is September 30.