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CSAU popularising rare medicinal plants

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Kanpur, Mar 25: The Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriculture and Technological University (CSAU) has embarked on a unique project of popularising the cultivation of medicinal plants among farmers of the region.

According to CSAU sources, so far the University has grown over 100 medicinal plants in 30 farms in rural areas and identified another 71 rare plants, under the Medicinal Plant Growing Project of the Medicinal Development Board.

The plants were being grown in 30 farms spread in rural areas of Bhitaragaon, Bithoor and Secundara. The agro scientists at the varsity were also engaged in research to upgrade the quality of 14 species including Kalegh, Ashwagandha, Sarpgandha, Satavar and Stivia, CSAU sources added.

The scientists were also working on enhancing the medicinal value of ''Indian Mulethi'' to replace the Egyptian Mulethi, presently being imported by Ayurvedic experts and pharma companies for development of herbal medicines.

Upgradation of the Indian Mulethi, will help in its large scale cultivation in dry parts of the country, where the yield of this plant was likely to spurt significantly, sources added.

UNI

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