Noting that the world market has a high demand worth 120 billion dollars for Ayurvedic drugs, primary industries minister Daya Gamage says production should be raised to win that market.
The minister was speaking at an entrepreneur development workshop this morning (03) at the ministry for students of the institute of indigenous medicine of Colombo University and Wickramarachchi Ayurvedic Institute in Gampaha.
He stressed that proper use should be made of the large number of herbs in the country.
The minister said his ministry would assist in the establishment of herbariums at every village.
Export quality Ayurvedic products should be produced and more research and manpower are required, he pointed out.
Although indigenous medicine can ensure a healthy life, the public is not fully aware of the therapeutic value of medicinal herbs, according to minister Gamage.
He also said that it was unfortunate that many expected a government job, adding that new business should be started instead.
Ministry secretary Bandula Wickramarachchi, Prof. D.N. Weerasinghe, Dr. Kumuduni Gunasekara and senior assistant secretary of the ministry Chaturi Nakandala also participated.