MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS IN NEPAL (A HORTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVE)
Tirtha Bahadur Shrestha, Bhisma Prasad Subedi and
Kuber Jung Malla
Medicinal and Aromatic plants (MAPs) are important natural resources of Nepal. MAPs are used as medicines since the dawn of human civilization. In recent days the use of these resources is diversified and this situation has created big demand and become sources of income to Nepalese people dwelling in remote areas. Most of the market share of MAPs trade comes from wild collection. Therefore domestication and farming practices are to be done. Nepal is just a beginner in domestication and farming of MAPs. It is therefore timely to look into MAPs from horticultural perspective. MAPs cultivation should be emphasized in harmony with their natural habitats based on agro-ecological zones. Research and development in this aspect is necessary.