State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Schemes FAQ

Central sector Scheme is a scheme related for the conservation, development and sustainable management of medicinal plants and was initially approved by the cabinet vide no.CCEA/21/2008 Dated 26-06-2008.

Various types of Projects can be submitted through this scheme, which includes Ex-Situ, In-Situ Conservation, Research & Development, Capacity Building, Home/School Herbal Gardens, Joint Forest Management & Resource Augmentation etc particularly related to the Medicinal Plants sector

There are two stages of the Project proposals namely Project Screening Committee (PSC) & Standing Finance Committee (SFC)

Project Screening Committee (PSC) is the committee who screens the projects at the initial stage. The PSC occurs several times in a year. The Project Proposals reviewed & recommended by the PSC will be placed before the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) for final approval.

Standing Finance Committee is the committee, which investigates the financial aspects of the project proposals and considers as well as recommends all proposals for the creation of new posts.

National AYUSH Mission has been launched during the 12th Plan for implementing through States/UTs. The basic objective of NAM is to promote AYUSH medical systems through cost effective AYUSH services.

Through NAM Scheme, Projects related to Development & Cultivation of medicinal plants, cluster Units, Small Nurseries, Model Nurseries, Drying Yards, Storage Godowns, Processing Units & Marketing etc can be submitted through Operational Guidelines for Medicinal Plants under (NAM)

TSC is a Committee which looks the Projects of NAM and Screens the Projects under different activities The Committee is comprise of domain experts in the relevant field and also include representative of the particular organization.

Research & Development Projects includes namely, traceabilty of raw drugs, Germination & Seed Treatment Protocols, Bio prospecting, Population Assessment, Conservation Biology of Medicinal Plants, Collection, compilation, documentation & Validation etc related to medicinal plants.

Herbal Gardens of various kinds are supported to create awareness about traditional usage of medicinal plants.

Government Organizations, Universities, Research Institutes, Govt Aided Colleges, Schools, NGOs, PSU Federations, Cooperatives, and societies including Housing societies etc can apply for the Herbal GARDEN projects.

Model nurseries or Small nurseries meet the requirement of quality of planting material for cultivation assistance through public as well as private sector. A model nursery should on average have an area of about 4 hectares and would cost Rs.25lakhs per unit.