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Commercial cultivation by farmers of medicinal plants in Northern Bangladesh

Rashid, A. Z. M. Manzoor and Tunon, Håkan and Khan, Niaz Ahmed and Mukul, Sharif Ahmed (2014). Commercial cultivation by farmers of medicinal plants in Northern Bangladesh. European Journal of Environmental Sciences. 4:1, 60-68
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Abstract

Medicinal plants (MPs) are an important component of non-timber forest products (NTFPs), which are traditionally used in healthcare and source of livelihood all over the world. In an over-populated country like Bangladesh, the pressure on natural forests is immense; thus the cultivation of MPs can significantly contribute towards improving the livelihood of poor people, reducing the pressure on natural forests and enhancing biological diversity. Notwithstanding the growing recognition of its importance and economic and ecological potential, there has been little research on MPs, especially the cultivation, management and marketing aspects, in Bangladesh. Based on extensive fieldwork in a northern district of Bangladesh, this study explores various aspects of the cultivation, management and marketing of MPs. How collective efforts have brought economic and social benefits to communities was also examined in this study. It assesses the major processes and elements of management, identifies key problems and challenges and indicates ways of maximizing the potential of this important sector. The issues covered in this research include: farmers ’ perceptions and experiences; existing research and policy-making processes related to the MP sector; constraining factors (such as lack of processing technology, inadequate transportation, logistics, financial and storage infrastructure, lack of institutional capacity); markets, finance and networking; land use; pattern of livelihood and value chain issue.

Authors/Creators:Rashid, A. Z. M. Manzoor and Tunon, Håkan and Khan, Niaz Ahmed and Mukul, Sharif Ahmed
Title:Commercial cultivation by farmers of medicinal plants in Northern Bangladesh
Series/Journal:European Journal of Environmental Sciences (1805-0174)
Year of publishing :2014
Volume:4
Number:1
Page range:60-68
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:Charles University in Prague
ISSN:1805-0174
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E70 Trade, marketing and distribution
F Plant production > F01 Crop husbandry
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Work Sciences
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Agrovoc terms:plants, medicinal properties, commercial farming, bangladesh
Keywords:medicinal plants, cultivation, farmer, marketing, policy, conservation, Bangladesh
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2602
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2602
ID Code:12095
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Swedish Biodiversity Centre
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:04 May 2015 08:53
Metadata Last Modified:14 Feb 2016 08:28

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