About 1,800 species of wild plants currently used as key ingredients in herbal medicines are on the verge of extinction, Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri said yesterday.
Deforestation was a major cause of the problem as most of the more important herbal plants are only found in forests, he said. Many can not be cultivated due to a lack of research in how to grow them properly, he said.
As a result, the ministry is discussing with the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry, non-governmental organisations, and local communities efforts to jointly ensure that these important local herbs not only survive but thrive.
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