Cultivation, Marketing of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants From Telangana: A Review
P Shivakumar Singh, GM Vidyasagar
United Andhra Pradesh was standing first in cultivation of medicinal plants in South India in over 35,000 acres. The medicinal plant boards of both the states are vigorously pursuing spread of cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants, as they yield much more revenue than many commercial and traditional crops. The global trade of aromatic plants across the world stands at $4 billion to $5billion. These plants earn revenue of up to Rs 30,000 per acre. Cultivators of Ocimum, Tenuiflorum, popularly known as Tulasi, in some cases are earning revenue in upwards of Rs 80,000 per acre. Another medicinal plant, Abelmoschus, Moschatus, earns Rs 500 per kg which is much higher than most of the conventional crops. Aromatic plants being productively grown include rosemary, jasmine, palmarosa and eucalyptus.”Andhra Pradesh and Telangana can play important roles as they are home to Eastern Ghats which have the required climatic and soil conditions for growing many medicinal plants like Tinospora Cordifolia (Tippa Theega), Gymnema Sylvestre (Podapatri), Aegle Marmelos (Maredu) and Celastrus Paniculatus (Malaria Theega). But in Telangana very less amount of cultivation and marketing was documented by this review.