Pilot level community based participatory herbal gardens
Implementing Entity : Juno Pawr
Location : Rangamati
Duration : 8 Years (November 2006 to October 2014)
Budget : BDT. 5,000,000 (USD 1.00 = BDT 69.00 approx.)
Context :

Bangladesh has a number of herb species which have high medicinal value as well as great impact on ecology and biodiversity. The market for herbal products has increased to a great extent. To encourage the use of environment friendly herbal products and for creating greater opportunity of biosafety priority attentions are required to be given for conservation, production, processing, marketing and awareness building for the use of these products.

Objectives :
  1. Restoration of endangered species.
  2. Conservation through economic cultivation of herbs.
  3. Engage mass people towards herbal and medicinal plant cultivation.
  4. Mass awareness development for biodiversity conservation.
  5. Improve livelihood of the poor farmers through income generation activities (IGA).
  6. Enrich the ecosystem of the locality.
Main Activities :
  1. Benchmark survey, community mobilization, group formation, species identification and selection for establishing community based participatory herbal gardens.
  2. Establish and supervise the herbal plantation and its maintenance.
  3. Awareness building among the community, promotional activities for sales and distributions.
  4. Promotion of marketing channel and dissemination of the products produced by the participants.
Progress/Achievements (as of June 2011) :

By 2009, Juno Pawr Foundation (JP) established two community herbal gardens (5 ha each) in two areas of the district (Mubachari in Rangamati Sadar and Hazachara in Barkal Upazila) with about 200 species of medicinal plants of the area to serve as germplasm repository of local medicinal plants. In 2010, Juno Pawr concentrated on promoting homestead-based selected cultivation of commercially prospective species of medicinal plants among 60 households in the Hazachara village, besides assisting the communities to maintain the two community herbal gardens. To augment socio-economic condition of the project participants, Juno Pawr established a revolving fund at the group level by contributing BDT 100,000 from the project and facilitating participatory savings by the group members. Through monthly group meetings, the project staff guided the project participants to undertake alternative income generation activities (AIGA) using the revolving fund and personal resources. Out of 60 project participants, 28 (47%) undertook AIGA ventures, of whom 19 went for cultivation of turmeric and ginger and 9 for fruit gardening.

Integrated Development Organization (IDO) has been promoting commercial cultivation as well as homestead-based conservation of medicinal plants in Keshabpur Upazila of Jessore district in the northwest region. By providing training and planting materials to the farmers, it has been promoting cultivation of selected commercially prospective medicinal plants, namely Bashok (Adhatoda vasica), Kalomegh (Andrograpis paniculata), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatamuli (Asparagus racemosus) and Ghritakumari (Aloe vera) in 2 villages of the Upazila namely Hasanpur and Kabilpur. Each of the 415 households of these villages has planted at least one Amloki (Umbilica officinalis), one Haritaki (Terminalia belerica) and one Bohera (T. chebula) tree and also one Arjun (Terminalia arjuna) tree and one vine Chui jhal (Piper chaba) in their homesteads. The fruits of Amloki, Horitakii and Bohera trees are collectively called ‘Tripahala’, which are widely used in herbal medicine preparations throughout the Indian subcontinent. As such these two villages are termed as ‘Triphala Villages’. It is expected that when the trees will start bearing fruits, the Tripahala Villages will produce ‘Triphala’ fruits at a scale good enough to attract traders. IDO has also established medicinal plant conservation gardens in 10 primary schools with 25 species of medicinal plants (trees and shrubs).

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