In an interview with IRNA, Masoud Rigi noted, “Harvesting of medicinal plants is subject to ecological principles and it is not only due to rainfall.”

He added, “There are teams who issue licenses for the harvest of medicinal plants, having monitored the rangelands and the genetic resources as well as considering the fact that there is no damage to the rangelands.”

Referring to the herbal processing of products, the technical deputy of the Headquarters of Sistan and Baluchestan’s Natural Resources and Watershed Management added, “The Medicinal plants Development Plan has been designed and presented for the conservation, revival, habitat development as well as proper exploitation of the 11 plant species of the province with the credit of over 217 billion toman. However, until it is funded, it will be a public project on rangelands.”

Rigi pointed out that the existence of rangelands was due to the public participation, “103 rangeland zones exist in Sistan and Baluchestan Province and 940 families in the country are carrying out such projects.”

Regarding the locusts attack on the southern regions of Sistan and Baluchestan, he indicated, “It is in the agenda to monitor, however, no issues or damages have been reported so far.”  

According to IRNA’s report, Sistan and Baluchestan is the vastest province of the country and it is located in a warm  and dry region, therefore, it has a great variety of plants, to the point that among the 1300 species there, 300 species have been identified as medicinal and industrial plants.

Among the most important medicinal plants of Sistan and Baluchestan we can name the following: Prosopis cineraria, Capparis decidua, chegerd, Salvadora oleoides Decne., Ziziphus spina-christi, Calotropis procera, Prosopis juliflora, Nannorhops Ritchieana (Griff.) Aitch, Moringa peregrina Fiori, Vincetoxicum pumilum Decne., Acacia nilotica (L.) Delile, Tecomella undulata, Achillae eriophora DC., Ruta graveolens L., Alhagi persarum Boiss. & Buhse, Descurainia Sophia, licorice, Plantago ovata Forssk., Teucrium polium, Mentha Mozaffarianii Jamzad, thymus, artemisia, Artemisia vulgaris, Peganum harmala, Salvia mirzayanii Rech.f., mushroom, parsely, Mentha asiatica, wild spinach, rhubarb, pennyroyal,Viper’s-buglosses, Pistacia atlantica, almond.