In an effort to bring the traditional
ethno-botanical medicinal practices in the mainstream medicinal realm, Tata
Steel organised the second edition of Green Therapy at Noamundi Recreation
Green Therapy focuses on biodiversity and
ethno-botanical traditions and is a platform to create opportunities of
learning through knowledge sharing sessions, efficient utilization and
nurturing of plants with medicinal value and promote tribal culture. The
emphasis this year was to understand the marketing dynamics of the products
made from medicinal plants, prepared with scientific aid.
Ms Laxmi Soren , Member, Zila
Parishad, West Singhbhum graced the occasion as chief guest.
Mr Pankaj Satija, General Manager (Ore
Mines & Quarries) Division, Tata Steel in his welcome speech said :
"The Hibiscus Park at Noamundi is an outcome of last year’s Green Therapy
brainstorming and I am confident that the second edition will be even more
Addressing the gathering, Ms Soren
said:"Living close to nature not only helps us to stay healthy but also
heals us in its own ways. I applaud the efforts taken by Tata Steel to preserve
and promote biodiversity in the region.”
Experts from Maharashtra, Odisha and
Jamshedpur participated and presented their research work. The expert session
was synchronized with the expertise of indigenous ethnobotanical practitioners
of the region. During the technical session, Mr Gajanand Kale, Founder and
Director of Dream, an NGO from Maharashtra explained about the marketing
techniques to promote tribal medicines.
Other important researchers in the
technical session included Dr. Vinodk K, Arogya Bhavan, Jamshedpur, Mr Harmohan
Maharatha, Odisha Forest Service, State Medicinal Plant Board, Odisha, Mrs
Mamta Biswal, Floral and Biodiversity Conservation NGO member, Sushrusha,
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, Dr Arun Kumar Dash, Former Head of the Department, Odisha
University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar Dr Sunil Kumar Behra,
Ayruvedic medicine specialist.
Mr Anand Bihari, Forest Range Officer,
Noamundi, Mr Samresh Bhandari, Block Development Officer, Noamundi, and Mr
Sanjay Das, General Secretary, Noamundi Mazdoor Union along with members from
Tata Steel Rural Development Society were presented on the occasion. A total of
200 people including Manki’s, Munda’s and local Vaidyas from in and around
Noamundi participated in the event.