The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centrewas
established in 1991 by Botanist Sheikh Gulzaar , head , who is from an journalism background. The institution is based in Aziz Abad village, Pampore, Jammu and Kashmir. The head of the said institution is Sheikh Gulzaar, who has done serve research in the
line of medicinal plants for which he travelled from Kashmir Himalayan mountain
tops as well as has crossedglaciers also and has struggled to such an extent that he has created ahistory. The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre is continuously researching since 18 years and is in research of medicinalplants and is
interested to meet the expectations and needs of the nation. Not only the said The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre is working in the country but throughout the world its research is going on. Mr.Sheikh Gulzaar has spent most of his life
on Himalayan mountains, footsteps and river banks while he was travelling for the project.
The Head of the the Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre Sheikh Gulzaar is continuously in research of medicinal ,fruit plants and wild
flowers and havealso cultivated some products in his own plant introduction center as such hasdone a great job which was not even in our mind ever. Some medicinal/fruit plants are
Ginkgo biloba , Lycium barbarum ,Lavetra
cashmerina , Geranium wallichiana , Cichorium intybus , Crocus sativus ,Hyoscyamusniger , Hippophae rhamnoides Inula racemosa, Iris cashmerina
, Dioscorea deltodia, Salvia hians , Salvia officinalis, Salvia moorcroftiana, Salvia sclarea , Aquilegia pubiflora, Paeonia emodi,Berberis lyceum , Epimedium elatum, Podophyllum hexandrum , Viola odorata ,Hypericum perforatum , Peganum harmala , Aesculus
indica, Ajuja bracteosa , Sambucus wightiana, Taxus baccata, Verbascum Thapsus, Valeriana officinalis, Atropa belladonna, Atropa acuminate, Artemisia absinthium,Achillea millefolium, Allium victoralis, Colchicum luteum,Phytolacca acinosa,Saussurea costus,
The said medicinal plants are having a good demand not only in the country but abroad also. Buy cultivating such plants the
institution has till date provided such plants to about 34 thousand research institutions,individuals & progressive farmers and in this way he has helped the researchers but have provided such plants to them time to time with the result the said institution
has earned a good fame in the country as well as have given training to so many unemployed and educated youth of the country hence in this way they are able to earn their livelihood.
The institution has received about 7880 applications since 1994 for giving fulldes criptions regarding such plants as well
as identity ,birth, botanical information and family structure of such plants and its benefits as well as they have been given letter of originty, Phytosanitary information & letter of authenticity , with the result such fellows have been absolutely helped
in carrying over their research forward.The real thing is to know the full description and identity of such plants which has been provided by the said. Sheikh Gulzaar , otherwise the researchers would have not been in know of all the benefits of such plants.
As the Kashmir valey is one of the cold region of Himalaya and the season of valley is not trustworthy here remains, cold temperature,
snowfall fast winds etc., with the result the public are suffering and every year huge losses are being faced by us as well as research jobis also being affected, because due to non-availability of high-tech green houses, so many valuable plants dies due
to extensive heat or cold and we requested so many times to Government to provideus proper place near high altitude sothat we may be able to cultivate other countries medicinal , wild flowers and fruit plants here also . I have also secured hundreds of
seeds from Europe, Middle East and Africa and have planted them in different areas and has obtained seeds from them as well as medicines,but it is difficult as the said seeds are only being sowing in such areas where the atmosphere will be neat and clean,
by this way we are not only getting help in research job but we are making it possible to cultivate such plants which has not been actually given any attention. In this research I am facing such difficulties but also I am bearing 3-5 thousands expenses per
plant/tree. E.g. I am planting a tree near the mountains of South Kashmir then after 2-6 months I have to take the same tree seedling. to high altitude and have to plant in such plants a place where there will be no rush of general public or animals just
keep it as a secret. When such plants become ready then we are obtaining seeds from them and the selling them India &abroad.
Till date government of Jammu and Kashmir as has not helped us in any way, we have got on lab or other high-tech facilities
so that our job will become easy and we are not using any chemicals, fertilizer etc. for such medicinal plants nor other technology but we are dependent upon organics fertilizers i.e. biomass, peat, manure plant leaves, tree barks but to obtain such items
we have to work hard as such the public is not hesitating to purchase our seeds and our target remains always upon such medicinal plants which is having demand in the market for ever.
The basic education I have obtained fromKashmir and for higher education I went to Mumbai, Nagpur, Bangalore and have done
M.Sc (Botany) and Diploma in cinema (Maharashtra), Computer Sciience and Environment Technology (Srinagar) and Mass communication/Journalism from(Delhi).
My main target is practical and Research & Development and I am feeling too much due to adverse conditions of the Himalayan
state of Kashmir as I havenot been given any help by the Govermnetof Jammu and Kashmir. As my whole job is land or agriculture that even the same needs at high altitude. To invest for upliftment of J&K I have to make my focus on Kashmir Himalaya for cultivating
such plants to obtain medicines which can be used for Cancer disease also and second main focus will be Food Technology as our country is presently facing heavy danger of Cancer and shortage of food and I will do my struggle till last breath.
At present my main project is``
High Altitude Medicinal “ where I am working and have to collect the data and if at this time the Government will cooperate and help me than I will meet the ends of success. We
must note itthat in future we will have clothes, homes but the food and medicine s will beshort as such shortage has to fulfill. We are living under the open sky that is right but living without food and medicine is IMPOSSIABLE.
For more information, contact:
Mr. Sheikh Gulzaar
The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre
“Ginkgo House” Aziz Abad, Nambalbal, (Via Wuyan-Meej Road), Pampore PPR J&K 192121
(Site locations: Gulmarag, Kishtwar, Ramban, Phalgham, Sonamarag & Gauran)
POB: 667 GPO Srinagar SGR J&K 190001