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Ayush and herbal products exports grew 27% in 2020-21, says Ministry of Ayush

Gireesh Babu, New Delhi
Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Exports of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy (Ayush) and herbal products from India have posted a growth of 27 per cent during the year 2020-21, compared to the previous year. Imports, on the other hand, grew 28 per cent during the year, according to the Ministry of Ayush.

According to the data from the Ministry, the exports of Ayush and herbal products were at $539.57 million during the year 2020-21, as compared to $425.80 million during the year 2019-20. Gujarat has been the largest exporter of Ayush and herbal products, at $246.78 million during 2020-21, which was a growth of 32.3 per cent compared to the $189.59 million exports it registered in the previous year.

Maharashtra, with $71.82 million exports is the second largest exporter of these products, and has registered a growth of 14.1 per cent from $62.93 million in the previous year. Rajasthan, the third largest exporter, showed a 61.5 per cent growth to $55.19 million in 2020-21, as against $34.17 million a year ago.

During the year 2020-21, the country imported $107.72 million worth of Ayush and herbal products, as against $84.33 million in 2019-20.

In terms of quantity, in the first six months of the current fiscal year from April to September, 2021, export of Ayush and herbal products was around 66.07 lakh kilograms. The export during the 12 months of 2020-21 was 12.05 crore kilograms, according to data released by the Ministry of Ayush.

Import, on the other hand, stood at around 2.5 crore kilogram during the six months from April to September, this fiscal year, which is 34.7 per cent of the 7.63 crore kilogram products imported in 12 months of fiscal year 2019-20.

To promote the export of Ayush products and medicines as well as Ayush services, the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India with consultation of the Department of Commerce has registered for Ayush Export Promotion Council (AEPC).

“The Council will promote the growth of exports of Ayush Products and Services, facilitate the capacity building of its members on export procedures, organise B to B meetings, organise international events, road shows, seminars and workshops on export of Ayush Products,” said Minister of Ayush Sarbananda Sonowal in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

In context to international regulatory requirements, Ministry of Ayush encourages certifications including the Certification of Pharmaceutical Products (CoPP) as per WHO Guidelines for herbal products and Quality Certifications Scheme implemented by the Quality Council of India for grant of Ayush Premium Mark to Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani products on the basis of third party evaluation of quality in accordance with the status of compliance to international standards, added the Minister.

The Government of India has signed 25 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) for country to country cooperation in the field of medicine, including Nepal, Bangladesh, Hungary, Malaysia, Germany, Japan, China, Myanmar, Brazil among others apart from the World Health Organisation. A total of 33 MoUs for undertaking collaborative research and development of traditional medicine has been signed with foreign institutes, universities and organisations from US, Germany, UK, Canada, Malaysia and others. Fourteen MoUs have been signed for setting up of Ayush Academic Chairs in foreign institutes and Universities including in countries like Malaysia, Australia, Russia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand and others.

Under the Central Sector Scheme for Promotion of International Cooperation in Ayush, the Ministry of Ayush supports Ayush drug manufacturers, entrepreneurs, Ayush institutions and hospitals for international propagation of Ayush by participating in international exhibitions, trade fairs, road shows etc. to display their products and services.

Ayush Oushadhi Gunvatta evam Uttpadan Samvardhan Yojana (AOGUSY) of Ministry of Ayush has been initiated for augmenting quality of Ayush drugs during the 15th Finance Cycle (2021-22 to 2025-26) by merging the existing Central Sector Schemes of Pharmacovigilance initiative, Central Drug Controller of Ayush and Quality Control of ASU&H drugs {Component of National Ayush Mission (NAM)} and inclusion of certain new elements to facilitate standardization, effective enforcement of rules/regulations, technology up-gradation for manufacturing and analytical testing, certification/accreditation, training and capacity building activities intended towards quality assurance of Ayush drugs, said the Minister.

 

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