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Despite domestic needs, medicinal plants are exported

Despite domestic needs, medicinal plants are exported

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Mar 25, 2019 - 14:27

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Owners of pharmaceutical companies are concerned at the government’s inattention to the sector, saying medicinal low-price herbs are exported due to lack of facilities at home.

Fazal Ahmad, head of the Afghan Ataran Company told Pajhwok Afghan News pharmaceutical industrialists were concerned about the government’s negligence.

More than 1,400 types of medicinal plants grow in Afghanistaninfo-icon but due to lack of facilities, they were exported to India, Pakistaninfo-icon, Iran and United Arab Emirates for process, he explained.

Ahmad said war had negatively affected the growth of medicinal plants, as they could be hardly identified or found in many areas of the country.

“Plants growing in mountains are of higher quality than those cultivated on farms, because mountain-based herbs are completely natural,” he continued.

Popular medicinal plants in Afghanistan include sherin boya (hyssop), awsheen (thymes) , atghel-i-kohi (yellow sweet clover) drone (dandelion) and kalpora (tucrium polium).

But people in rural areas with low income bought these plants at cheap price and sold them to traders in provincial capitals, he cited.

According to Ahmad, the poor people would get job opportunities if medicinal plants are properly grown in mountainous areas of Afghanistan.

“For seven years, we have been working but no one has so far bothered asking us about the problems we have been facing, or what our needs are,” he complained.

“Recently, we produced high-quality beverages and juices without gas and sugar in a highly hygienic way,” he said, adding the company produced more than 50 types of sweets to protect public healthinfo-icon.

sa/mud

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