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Rural communities of Uttarakhand possess traditional knowledge of medicinal plants and remedies that needs to be conserved. A green consumerism is getting popular globally which is bringing up greater scopes and opportunities of the medicinal plant cultivation to the farmers. In this survey, it was found that in spite of various policies, researches and public participation programs there were no significant achievements at the ground level. Rural communities are still at large unaware and neutral towards medicinal plant-based activities. Capacity building of the local rural comminutes can be very effective and fruitful in many ways. Cultivation of the medicinal plants by farmers using scientific approach and proper market management can be of multilevel benefits such as enhanced income of farmers and women empowerment while checking the biodiversity loss. Moreover, traditional health care system along with other traditional values can also be conserved in the hills while curbing the migration of new generation.
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