Forest Products including medicinal and aromatic plants have emerged as an important resources not only from the point of view of economic contribution to the society, but also call our attention for their conservation and sustainable use. Such resources are now being considered at national/ international level almost at par with the importance of major forest based products like timber etc. As resource assessment, evaluation and utilization of such forest products are basic to their sustainable use, the department of Forest products was created in 1988 to cater to the needs of research and human resources development. Since the issues involved are multidisciplinary an integrated approach encompassing forestry, botany, chemistry, agronomy, breeding, wood science etc. is being followed.
The department is carrying out teaching, research and extension activities and has undertaken various research projects/schemes. Extension training programmes covering various aspects of medicinal and aromatic plants are also organized for farmers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, Mahila Mandals, Subject Matter Specialists from Department of Agriculture/Horticulture, Officers/Officials of State Forest Department, Ayurvedic Medical Officers, etc. Quality planting material in medicinal and aromatic plant is being produced to meet the demands of the growers/industry. The department is also actively engaged in Survey, identification, inventorisation and documentation of traditional knowledge on medicinal and aromatic plants. Genuine and quality planting material of medicinal and aromatic plant is being regularly supplied to growers, industry etc. Documentation of herbal wealth and its traditional usage is other useful activity that is being emphasized.