Govt to facilitate Ayush research in veterinary medicines

Union ministry of AYUSH and the Department of Animal Husbandry on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for research on new formulations in quality drugs for veterinary applications.

The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), under the ministry of AYUSH signed the MoU with the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying for research on new herbs-based formulations in quality drugs for veterinary applications. 
The initiative involves capacity building in related areas through training, exploring marketing possibilities for herbal veterinary medicines on a sustainable basis and providing for services, including cultivation, preservation and conservation of medicinal plants. 
The ministry of AYUSH will support the Department of Animal Husbandry for developing curriculum and courses for AYUSH herbal veterinary education programmes, identifying potential medicinal plant species used in veterinary medicine and provide their standards, training and awareness programme on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Field Collection Practices (GFCPs) etc, development of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for manufacturing of AYUSH/herbal veterinary medicines, skill development and capacity building, facilitate and render financial assistance for plantations and nursery development for medicinal plants, facilitate standardising norms for medicinal plants, assist in establishing research and testing centers as per scope of the scheme.
The Department of Animal Husbandry will support the ministry of AYUSH for its expert technical opinion for essentiality, desirability and feasibility with respect to Ayurvedic medicines. The department will  create awareness with support of NDDB among dairy farmers and agro-farmers about utilisation and importance of herbal veterinary medicine and cultivation of medicinal herbs, develop course curriculum for Ayurveda and its allied subjects in veterinary medicine, identify list of priority livestock and poultry diseases of economic importance with respect to research activity or application of veterinary Ayurveda and allied streams, support farmers for undertaking cultivation and conservation of medicinal plants and related activities, support identify opportunities for scientific and technological collaboration to research institute (veterinary colleges and ICAR research institutes).