The Indian Ocean Rim Association-Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (IORA-RCSTT) has designated the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP), Lucknow, as the coordination centre for medicinal plants.
Anil K Tripathi, Director, CSIR-CIMAP, spokesman for the centre said it would be "coordinating activities related to cultivation, processing, value-addition, quality control, training, research and development, trade, commerce and exchange of experts on medicinal plants and their products in the 21-member states and seven dialogue partners of the association."
"The centre is funded by the Ministry of External Affairs to carry out activities over the next five years," he said.
A six-day training program would begin on Monday, November 26, in which presentations would be made on current quality standards of medicinal plants and products.
Tripathi said 12 external experts have been identified to impart training on plant identification, databases and documentation, gene bank, industrial linkages and herbal product manufacturing by 28 members from Kenya, Mauritius, Iran, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, South Africa, Tanzania, Seychelles and Bangladesh.