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Women's training program on 'Medicinal Plants' organized at ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research during 4th December, 2018

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Women's training program on 'Medicinal Plants' was organized on 4th December, which was funded by National Medicinal Plant Board, New Delhi. Eighty five women participants from villages near Savanadurga forest, Magadi Taluk, Lingadahalli village near Hessaraghatta and staff of ICAR-IIHR participated in the training programme. Dr. Lalitha B.R., Professor and Head, Dept of Dravyaguna, Government Ayurveda Medical College, Bengaluru appraised the trainees regarding use of common herbs in primary health care of women and gave some common ayurvedic remedies for general ailments and women related health issues. Ms. Uma Chandur, Consultant from Center for Herbal Garden, Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions, Bengaluru educated the trainees about the cultivation of common medicinal herbs in kitchen garden, biodiversity garden along with uses of these herbs. Mrs. Sharmila Joshi, Aroma therapist from Swati Aroma Wonders, Bengaluru introduced the trainees to aromatherapy, its importance and its uses in improving skin care, hair care and general well being.

In order to supplement the presentations made, visit was undertaken to medicinal plants nursery, experimental and demo blocks of medicinal crops maintained at ICAR-IIHR. During the visit, participants had an insight into identification of medicinal plants and field grown medicinal plants, their propagation technologies and value addition. Literature on 'Herbs for household', 'Amla processing technologies' and 'Mucuna - a versatile legume' were also given. At the end of the program, certificates and medicinal plants were distributed to the trainees.