Medicinal plants production has made over 5000 jobs in Yazd Province, and due to shortage of water in this province, it is necessary to cultivate drought-tolerant plants and those suitable to the climate conditions of the region.
Regarding the production and supply of medicinal plants in Yazd province, the Manager of Horticulture Affairs of Agriculture Jihad Organization of this Province said, “Medicinal plants are presented in the stores with simple and traditional packaging, and the most produced medicinal plants in this province are: saffron, cumin, Origanum majorana and Ferula assa-foetida . These plants are also exported to foreign countries.
Yadollah Javad Pour further noted, “The production of medicinal plants in this province has made over 5000 jobs and the production in this province has risen to an annual of 250 tonnes.”
“Providing facilities for the expansion of medicinal plants and substituting the moisture-loving plants with drought tolerant ones, are among Agriculture Jihad’s future plans to increase the medicinal plants production”, he added.
Cultivation Area of Over 38,000 hectares of Prominent Herbal Products in Yazd Province
Regarding the amount of herbal cultivation in this province, Agriculture Manager of Jihad Organization of this province said, “Alfalfa and vegetables ate among prominent herbal products of Yazd, and the cultivation area of these products is 38,420 hectares.”
Mohammad Ali Hatamizadeh indicated, “Agriculture Jihad Organization of Yazd Province has taken the following actions of preparing and arranging a cultivation pattern, substituting the moisture-loving plants with drought tolerant ones, developing transplantation, using sustainable and fruitful items as well as expanding pressurized irrigation tape in farms and lands.”
Need for Herbal Cultivation Suitable to Yazd Province’s Climate
He said, “Drought-tolerant, salt- tolerant, frost resistant and fruitful plants with short-term growth cycles, such as: saffron, sesame, millet, cumin, garlic and forage that are irrigated using winter precipitation and that require little water, are suitable to Yazd climate.”
In the end, Hatamizadeh said, “In order to preserve the desert reservoir and with the aim of optimal use of facilities and inputs as well as increased yield, there should be a special consideration for the cultivation of drought-tolerant plants and those with early returns. Plants such as: saffron, millet, sesame, cumin, garlic as well as some grains like beans and lentils.”
Source: Yazd Ava