Threatening trade

Published: Sunday 31 December 2000

many medicinal plants species in Meghalaya and other north-eastern states are on the verge of extinction because of uncontrolled and illegal trade. This was stated in a recent report of the Trade Records Analysis of flora and Fauna in Commerce , India. The report also recommended that Coptis teeta and Panax pseudoginseng are the two most threatened species. The report added that big companies such as Dabur and Baidyanath buy these from illiterate villagers, who are not aware about their real value. The report indicates that the Union and state governments have so far failed to preserve the large reserve of medicinal plants in states where they are found.

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