The Kerala unit of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in partnership with the health department will set up an ayurveda village in the state’s Kannur district.
“We will be the facilitator. In the village precious herbs and medicinal plants would be cultivated by the locals. We will provide them the saplings and the techniques for cultivation. Once the plants are ready, we will help them to sell their produce for a good price,” said P. Ganesh, Kerala CII chief.
He said there is a huge demand for herbs and medicinal plants from companies manufacturing ayurvedic medicines.
He also said the ayurveda hospital in Kannur would be upgraded.
Earlier in the day, a CII delegation, led by its southern region chairman Kris Gopalakrishnan, called on Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan to discuss areas of cooperation.
“We have identified areas where we will work for turning the state into a destination for investment and the thrust areas would include IT, tourism, development of traditional industries besides infrastructure development. A master plan for cities in the state also is being planned,” said Gopalakrishnan.
He also said that for speedy development of the state basic infrastructure is essential.