A new medicinal plant garden will be built starting at the end of February in Bant Bway village, Nawnghkio Township, northern Shan State, according to Dr. Sein Sein Thein, chairman of the Natural Environmental Conservation Association (Evergreen).
“The medicinal plants are rare because of deforestation. So we will plant the medicinal plants,” said Dr. Sein Sein Thein.
The project involves construction of medicinal plant gardens in the upper and lower gorges in Nawnghkio Township.
The first medicinal plant garden was opened on 6 November in Nawnghkio Township at a cost of Ks3.5 million. There are over 50 species of medicinal plants native to Myanmar.
“Well-wishers can contribute plants to the garden. Also, people who need medicinal plants can come and get plants at the garden,” said Daw Myat Myat Khine, the leader of the garden’s organising committee.
The first medicinal plant garden is located on Mandalay-Lashio Highway. Although medicinal plants may interest only a few people, the organising committee will try to persuade the local populace in different ways to engage their interest.
“There are many medicines imported from various countries, so Myanmar people do not know the potency of the traditional medicines.
The medicinal plants garden will make Myanmar traditional medicine popular again,” said U Thar Paw from Nawnghkio Township.
The organising committee needs young volunteers interested in planting medicinal plants. Those wishing to donate plants should call 09254342704 or 09975162462.