Medicinal plants of North-Western Himalayas: initiatives and achievements of HFRI

North-western Himalayan region with its wide range of altitudes, topography and climatic conditions, is a rich repository of medicinal wealth, which occupies an important place in Vedic treatise. More than 800 no. valuable medicinal species found in this part of India is extensively used by the locals since time immemorial for curing various diseases of humankind. It is now a well known fact that medicinal plants sector possesses great potential to uplift the economy of this part of India. Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI), Shimla being one of the regional institute of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun also started its focussed attention towards research and developmental activities in the Medicinal Plants Sector in North-Western Himalayas since last decade.