The Center for National Culture (CNC) in collaboration with other organisations is planning to organise a herbal medicine exhibition, on the theme ‘Promoting herbal medicine and usage, a platform for national development,’ at Fijai, in Sekondi, from November 4 to 6, this year.
The other organisations are Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) and the Western Region herbal practitioners.
The event that would be held under the patronage of the Western Regional Coordinating Council, aims at promoting herbal medicine in the region to internationally accepted standards, and establishing a herbarium for use by practitioners in the region, to save the country’s forest from depletion.
Speaking at the launch of the event here last Thursday, the Western Regional Director of CNC, Mr. Stephen Sedofu, noted that, the myth surrounding herbal medicine had been broken as practitioners no longer demanded fowls and goats for their preparations.
He expressed the hope that the youth would join the herbal trade, which was becoming attractive and lucrative.
According to Mr. Sedofu, the CNC was working with he Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), the Ghana Standards Authority), the Environmental Protection Agency and the Mampong Center for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine, to form a technical committee to tackle challenges of the herbal industry.
Launching the exhibition, the Western Regional Minister, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, in an address read on his behalf, said herbal medicine was critical for national development, and would be given the necessary support.
He urged the practitioners to improve the herbal medicine industry so that it could create more jobs for the youth, and called for the protection of the forest, which was crucial for the sustenance of the herbal industry.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Fijai