Medicinal Plant Sector: India Confirms MoU With Sao Tome & Principe


New Delhi: In an effort to increase cooperation in the field of medicinal plants, the Union government on Wednesday gave an ex-post facto approval for an agreement signed between India and an African island nation, Sao Tome and Principe.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the nations was signed on March 14 this year, according to an official statement. The decision was taken in the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

The MoU assumes significance in view of the global developments in traditional and alternative healthcare systems. It is resulting in world herbal trade which stands at $120 billion and is expected to reach $7 trillion by 2050, the release stated.

“Moreover, there are large number of medicinal plants, particularly those found in tropical region, which are common to the two countries given similar geo-climatic factors,” it added.

A large population of India depend on medicinal plants as a major resource base for the traditional medicine and herbal industry and source of livelihood and health security.