Astragalascum cormifolium, an herbal product with a strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect, is the first plant product in India to be licensed by the state-run Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), the country’s largest scientific research body.ICAR said the herbicide will be used to kill the grass-eating species Astragus americanus.
It has a patent in India and has also been approved for use in Brazil.
“This is a landmark development in India, where we are one of the world’s leading producers of herbal medicines, especially for those who suffer from chronic conditions, such as arthritis and psoriasis,” said Shanti Bhaskar, ICAR president and CEO.
“The fact that the herbicides are available in India will significantly help in the treatment of such conditions.”
India is a leader in developing herbal medicines.
It now has one of India’s highest volumes of medicinal herbs, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The state-controlled Indian Council of Agricultural Research has licensed the herbicidal herbicide for use as a pesticide, herbicide and herbicide-resistant plant.
The ICAAR said India is now the third largest producer of medicinal plants in the world after China and the United States.
The state government plans to license more herbicides by the end of 2018.
The herbicide is used to treat a variety of conditions such as hay fever, fungal infections, infections due to worms and malaria.