The State Medicinal Plants Board, Kerala (SMPB) was constituted under the administrative jurisdiction of the Health and Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Kerala in 2002, as per the direction of the Dept. of AYUSH, Govt. of India. The AYUSH dept. in Kerala was constituted during the year 2015. From 2015 onwards the State Medicinal Plants Board is coming under the administrative jurisdiction of the AYUSH Department.
The aim of the SMPB is to coordinate matters relating to the Cultivation, Conservation, Research & Development and Promotion of the medicinal plant's sector in the State. SMPB is functioning with the financial assistance of State Govt. and National Medicinal Plants Board, Govt. of India.
Encourage cultivation of medicinal plants and its sustainable management across the state and to reduce pressure on the collection from wild habitat in forests.