This issue contains the second of a two-part series of information on the production and management of medicinal plants. Growing and cultivating medicinal plants is one of the viable strategies for sustainable management of upland areas or the countryside.
The integration of medicinal plant as a crop in agroforestry is a relatively new approach that is beneficial to the local people, whether they are lowland or upland farmers or most especially, the indigenous people. The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is publishing this issue on medicinal plants as a profitable farming technology to serve as a guide in the development of small backyard herbal gardens, community-based herbal plantation or urban herbal park. This can help boost the Philippine herbal industry by providing adequate supply of raw materials for local as well as global needs.
With this two-part series on medicinal plants, we hope to raise the awareness and give knowledge to the clientele and encourage them to venture into the growing and cultivation of medicinal plants.