A ministerial adviser and the general manager of Medicinal Plants Cultivation Development Department of Ministry of Agriculture Jihad, said that currently, 350 million dollars’ worth of Rosa damascena, saffron, Thymes, as well as a variety of other medicinal plant’ species are annually exported.
According to a report by IRNA, in a meeting of Medicinal Plants Cultivation Development Council in Alborz province, Dr. Peyman Yousefi Azar added, “Culturalization of medicinal plants’ consumption, development of cultivation and employment as well as keeping technology and processing methods updated, are among the main policies of Ministry of Agriculture Jihad.”
He indicated, “The advantage of medicinal plants’ cultivation is its little need for water resources. Therefore, due to Iran’s water crisis, Ministry of Agriculture Jihad is pursuing medicinal plants ‘ cultivation with a steady and logical increase rate.”
He went on to say, “National Center of Medicinal Plants is ready to provide the necessary information to those farmers willing to make changes to their cultivation methods.”
Yousefi Azar further stated, “Alborz province has several notable science and research centers, such as, Medicinal Plants’ Research Center of Iranian Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research, which farmers can refer to for consultation and relevant information.”
This general manager of Medicinal Plants Cultivation Development Department of Ministry of Agriculture Jihad, said, “This ministry is prepared to collaborate for the logical expansion of the market.”
He noted, “Alborz province has advantages such as being close to the capital, Tehran, and having a cargo airport to export medicinal plants. Therefore, if we can establish an export terminal in Alborz province, a major transformation will undoubtedly take place in the research capacity of medicinal plants, in this region.”
He indicated, “Medicinal plants have a new-found economy of 9 percent increase rate, and this acceleration in progress will make them a very important part of agriculture in the near future.”
The general manager of Medicinal Plants Cultivation Development Department of Ministry of Agriculture Jihad said, “Our policies consist of, culturalization of medicinal plants’ consumption, development of cultivation and employment as well as keeping technology and processing methods updated, and finally the last chain which is the most important of our policy is the target market.”
He added, “We believe that the foremost policy is to help increase export to the global markets, and the most important strategy of Ministry of Agriculture Jihad’s National Center of Medicinal Plants, is; introducing Iran’s medicinal plants to the world, branding and developing exports.”
“Once we have a thriving export in this field, processing, production and employment will undeniably flourish.” Yousefi Azar added, “Standard production in compliance with the international criteria, technology improvement, bringing the technology up to date in medicinal plants’ cultivation, defining new products as well as introducing Iranian Saffron and Rosa damascena to the world, are among the programs of Ministry of Agriculture Jihad.”
He expressed hope that the government’s policy-making in the employment system, can help medicinal plants’ cultivation, which will then lead to the establishment of important employment sectors and aid the income earnings of the country, as well as the effective presence of Iran in the export markets.