COMBINED WORKSHOP: POST HARVEST TECHNOLOGY AND PROCESSING / HUMAN WELFARE
- Endorse all initiative by UN and other agencies directed towards enhancing the capability of developing countries (grower countries) in post harvest technology and processing, quality assessment and control of raw materials intermediates, as well as final products, to enable them to make the fullest use of their natural resources.
- Ensure as far as possible that producer countries are enabled to process medicinal and aromatic plant-derived products to the fullest extent of their capability.
- Initiate and foster joint ventures in all aspects of the production and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants to encourage measures that will be of benefit to rural populations.
- Develop and encourage training programmes as extension service to the farmers and collectors of plants in rural areas, as well as industrialists, entrepreneurs. Creation of international training programmes on industrial utilization of medicinal and aromatic plants should also be encouraged and supported.
- Efforts should be made to include courses or lectures on phytotherapy and phytochemistry in the curricula of national medical schools in order to encourage wide use of safe and efficasious herbal remedies.
- Support the preparation and publication of national herbal pharmacopoeias to facilitate identification and authenfification of medicinal and aromatic plants. This is to be carried out in a manner so as to include all necessary and sufficient information and local names.
- Support the location of information data bases pertaining to medicinal and aromatic plants so as to enable exchange of information in the most facile manner.
- Encourage and support the local design and fabrication of equipment wherever possible so as to reduce capital investment as well as to develop related engineering skills.
- Governments of producer countries should be implored to initiate regulatory measures to facilitate the development of medicinal and aromatic plants related industries.
- Regulatory bodies in developed countries should be encouraged to give "preferential trade status" to those developing countries which supply quality plant-based products.
Wijesekera, R.O.B. (1993). COMBINED WORKSHOP: POST HARVEST TECHNOLOGY AND PROCESSING / HUMAN WELFARE. Acta Hortic. 332, 16-16