Functions of the RCFC

To act as one stop shop for all matters related to medicinal plants in the region concerned and provide support to NMPB to fulfill its mandate and to act also as Facilitation Centre of NMPB. It would also undertake research activities pertaining to the region concerned.

To facilitate and get engaged in setting up of primary processing, grading and marketing facilities, etc. in collaboration with local stakeholders / organizations of repute.

To develop managerial and technical skills among the concerned stakeholders, including growers and collectors and to provide strategic support by organizing trainings, workshops, seminars, etc.

To develop agro-technology of medicinal plants, especially endangered and high demand species in the region with focus on organic cultivation and customization / field trials of already developed agro-techniques.

To develop region-specific quality planting materials and to scientifically handle issues concerned with it.

To facilitate sale of medicinal plants/ produce, etc. resolving demand / supply issues, etc. and also develop a database on demand, quantity sold and prices of major species  alongwith development of marketing facility in the region.

To provide inputs on conservation, sustainable cultivation, technology upgradation, training and research on medicinal plants and to engage forest departments concerned and other concerned departments of the states in those activities.

To domesticate wild species which are in demand and are endemic to the region and develop varieties thereof.

To take forward initiatives on      GAP, GFCP, etc. in the states concerned and develop species-specific GAPs and GFCPs of the region and their dissemination.

To function as a platform for bringing together the different stakeholders of medicinal plants in the states such as SMPBs, implementing agencies of Mission Scheme, other institutions and civil organizations involved in the development of medicinal plants sector.

To assist various organizations in the region in formulating project proposals in the priority areas identified by NMPB and also giving vide coverage of the scheme with emphasis on identification of region-specific issues.

To develop capacities of concerned stakeholders by developing and implementing training programmes, orientation sessions, etc.

To organize periodical meetings/ workshops/ consultations of stakeholders .

To review the projects sanctioned by NMPB to various organizations in the concerned states and also to conduct monitoring and evaluation of the projects sanctioned by NMPB as and when assigned.

To collect and maintain database of all concerned sectors of medicinal plants in the states and to integrate the databases of various states in the region.

To undertake identified research studies of relevance in the region and other matters concerned with medicinal plants, including dissemination of research findings / new technologies in the medicinal plants sector.

To develop strategy for IEC (Information, Education and Communication) and implement IEC activities.

To document and disseminate success stories of activities supported by NMPB.

To publish yearly report of the activities of the centre.

Any other work assigned by NMPB from time to time.




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