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Research centre urges herbal policy paper adoption

13 March 2014, 12:34

Nairobi - The Kenya Industrial and Research Institute has called for the speedy validation of the existing policy paper on herbal remedies in order to boost business in the sub-sector.

Dr Evans Taracha, the Head of Research at the institute, said the lack of a supportive policy environment was to blame for the lack of a well-coordinated herbal sub-sector market in the country.

“This policy paper is important and it needs to move to the next stage which is subjecting it to a wide stakeholder validation exercise,” said Taracha.

He valued the sub-sector at Sh 100 billion.

Taracha defended the herbal sub-sector, which has been under scrutiny by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

Recently, the board arrested four people said to be dealing in herbal products without proper licensing.

Taracha meanwhile disclosed there were plans to produce plants used in the production of herbal products on a large scale.

“Key plants of defined value will be harnessed and put under either botanical gardens or plantations or even in individual farms,” he said.

The research institutes estimates the global business of natural products to be growing at an average rate of between 5 to 10 percent annually.

– CAJ News

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