The CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST), Jorhat, and National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday for the establishment of the Regional-cum-Facilitation Centre (RCFC) at the institute.

A CSIR-NEIST official informed that the MoU was signed during a virtual meeting by the CSIR-NEIST Director Dr. G Narahari Sastry and Dr. JLN Sastry, CEO, NMPB.

The official stated that the proposed RCFC at the institute will act as a one-stop centre for the growers, cultivators, researchers, traders and other stakeholders of medicinal plants.

The institute will function in close co-ordination with State Medicinal Plants Boards, the State implementing agency of the medicinal plants component of the AYUSH Mission in the north-eastern region.

The official mentioned that the RCFC is also expected to provide a service window for growers of medicinal plants, support conservation, development, marketing, cultivation of medicinal plants

It will also provide hand-holding support to stakeholders in terms of technology dissemination and in establishing primary processing facilities.

The official further informed that in a related development the CSIR-NEISTon Thursday organized a webinar on the topic ‘Science, technology and skill development in medicinal, aromatic plants for rural development in the Northeast.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com