as well as traditional Tibetan and Chinese medicines. The Himalayan region has been an age-old source for these rare herbs and plants. But due to overexploitation and unmanaged collection, they are seriously in danger of becoming extinct.
A joint effort
Given the critical nature of medicinal plants, Dabur Nepal initiated the Medicinal Plants Project in the mountain regions of Nepal. Under this project, the Company provides modern scientific support for the cultivation and processing of these plants by local farmers. They are provided saplings through local community development agencies and the harvested plants are bought by Dabur Nepal at prevailing market prices. This system of contract cultivation has been a great success in Kusumphool, Silybum and Mentha areas of the Terai region. The project assures the community of a sustained source of income while it also provides Dabur a resource base for their raw materials.
Science for nature
The Medicinal Plants Project has established satellite nursery centres at various high altitude regions like Marpha, Manang and Jumla. Plantations for different medicinal herbs like Taxus, Kuth, Padmachal, Akarkara, Chiraito have been developed. As a major scientific landmark, Dabur Nepal has also set up state-of-the-art greenhouse at Banepa to produce saplings under controlled conditions. Since medicinal plants need critical climatic and geophysical conditions, the entire environment is controlled by automatic computer systems that can constantly monitor any changes within the greenhouse.
Balance in growth
Through this project Dabur Nepal has created a unique collaborative effort between the local community and private enterprise. To sustain the livelihood of mountain people, provide a source for raw materials as also conserve the natural resources of this fragile ecosystem.