National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB)

The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), constituted by the Government of India in November 2000, is the apex body for promotion of medicinal plant sector in the country. The mandate of NMPB is to develop appropriate mechanisms for effective coordination between various ministries/ departments/ organizations and implement policies/programs for overall growth of medicinal plants sector.


For effective coordination of NMPB programmes,five regional centers were established in the country. The Regional cum Facilitation Centre-Southern Region (NMPB-RCFC Southern Region) is housed in Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) Peechi.

Vision of NMPB-RCFC (Southern Region)

The NMPB-RCFC (Southern Region) shall be a one-stop shop for all matters related to the medicinal plants sector in the southern region covering States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Karnataka and Union Territories of Lakshadweep, Pondicherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Project Partners

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Objectives of NMPB-RCFC (Southern Region)

  • Co-ordinate all activities of NMPB in the southern region.

  • Co-ordinate with all other organizations in medicinal plants sector and ensure streamlining their activities in the Southern Region.

  • Develop managerial and technical skills among stake holders in production of quality planting materials (QPMs), cultivation, conservation, harvesting, semiprocessing, value addition, storage, marketing, and quality control.

  • Provide financial and technical support for organizing trainings, workshops, seminars, and interaction meetings.

  • Facilitate development of agro-technology of endangered and high-demanding species. Facilitate production of region-specific quality planting materials.

  • Facilitate/strengthen marketing of medicinal plant produce.

  • Assist different organizations in formulating project proposals in the priority areas identified by NMPB.

  • Document and disseminate success stories of activities supported by NMPB.