For development of the Medicinal Plants Sector throughout India, Govt. of India vide its D.O. No.Z-18020/6/2001/-M. P. Cell dated 04/06/2001 suggested to establish such a board at state level. In compliance to this instructions received from Government of India, State Medicinal Plants Board-Mizoram was constituted at Aizawl, and is functioning under National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry Of AYUSH Government Of India. vide Govt. of Mizoram’s Notification No I. 11012/2/2001-HFW, dated 12-10-2001 under the administrative jurisdiction of Directorate of Health Services, Health and Family Welfare Department . With the time and in view of the scope of medicinal plants in public health particularly in rural areas, the board was under the Chief Executive Officer, Directorate Of AYUSH from the year 2005. SMPB has been functioning in Mizoram for the past 19 years. Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare is the Chairman of the Board and Director, AYUSH, Govt. Of Mizoram, Health & Family Welfare Department, as Member Secretary of Board. The Board consists of official and non-official representatives from various departments and institutions.
The aim of the SMPB is to co-ordinate matters relating to the Cultivation, Conservation, Research & Development and Promotion of medicinal plants sector in the State. Very often the objectives of biodiversity conservation do not allow commercial harvesting of Medicinal Plants. Day by day more and more areas getting covered by some kind of legal provisions aiming at biodiversity or wildlife conservation. With the ongoing efforts of biodiversity and wildlife conservation, the natural habitat for medicinal plants may expand but the actual commercial harvesting of medicinal plants from such areas would get shrunk. Emergence of interest in herbal plants based health care taking drugs, have increase demands for medicinal plants on one hand and unsustainable collection of herbal plants from wild have resulted in some of the plants species posing serious threat of extinction. Conservation and Development of rare, endangered and highly utilized medicinal plants is very much needed due to the over exploitation of natural resources. Cultivation of medicinal plants over non-conservation area such as private land, community land and waste land will only solve problem of availability of raw material to meet the market demand in future.
MIZORAM STATE MEDICINAL PLANT BOARD RECOGNITION AS IMPLEMENTING AGENCY
During the Financial year 2015-16 MIZORAM SMPB was recognised for the first time as implementing agency for implementing various programes and schemes of NMPB and NAM in the State of Mizoram.
Dr C.Lallunghnema (as first CEO) and Dr Lalkhawngaihi Renthlei (present CEO) was appointed by the State Government as Chief Executive Officer of SMPB ,Mizoram