Cooperation Minister Dr. Govind Singh’s Chief Hospitality, Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Minister Mr. Arif Akeel presided, Public Relations Minister Mr. P.C. The International Herbal Forest Fair started today at the Red Parade Ground in Bhopal, in the distinguished hospitality of Sharma and the Chairman of the State Forest Produce Association Shri Virendra Giri Goswami. Representatives of the country, state, Bhutan and Nepal are participating in the forest fair organized by the Forest Department and the State Small Forest Produce Association. The five-day fair will have a free medical consultation camp from December 19 to 22, workshop on December 20-21 and buyer-seller conference on December 22.
Cooperative Minister Dr. Govind Singh said that there has been a tradition of treatment of herbs in our country for thousands of years. The increasing popularity of Ayurveda abroad and in the country reinforces its credibility. Praising the efforts of public awareness through herbal fair, he said that Small Forest Produce Federation should establish fund for research of herbs. Dr. Singh said that thousands of years ago, the medical method of Dhanvantari and surgery of Sushruta existed in our country. He said that former Chief Minister Arjun Singh established the State Small Forest Produce Association and did the noble work of ridding forest produce collectors from the clutches of middlemen. Referring to the innocence of the tribals, Dr. Singh said that before the establishment of the Sangh, tribals used to give 2-3 kg of chironji to middlemen instead of only half a kilo of grain.
The much awaited International Forest Fair started in Bhopal
Gas tragedy minister Mr. Arif Akeel said that Bhopalis wait for herbal fair all year round. He requested various Ayurvedic companies and Vaidyas participating in the fair to pay attention to the treatment of diseases related to kidney, heart etc. of the patients suffering from gas.
Public Relations Minister Shri P.C. Sharma said that forest produce is an additional source of income in the rural areas. The economic situation of the state will be strengthened due to increase in income of tribals living in the forest.
Additional Chief Secretary Mr. A.P. Srivastava, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Dr. U. Prakasam, Managing Director State Small Forest Produce Cooperative Union Mr. S.K. The board, MLA Shri Surendra Singh Shera, members of the governing board of the union, a large number of officers-employees, members of forest committees and citizens were present.