ROMPIN: Several species of herbs have been identified as potentially viable for commercialisation.
According to Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis, the Government was in the midst of identifying these species and, once this was done, they would be planted on a large scale to ensure their continuous supply in the market.
The Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (Might) has been instructed to conduct a thorough study on the matter.
We must first identify the species and their potential before taking the plunge to fulfil demand later, he said after closing a sports carnival involving orang asli at Kampung Kedaik near here recently.
We must ensure the herbs are found in abundance in the forest and not just at one particular spot.
Otherwise, it will be difficult to sustain demand, he said, adding that the right places to plant the herbs had to be found.
Dr Jamaluddin, who is also Rompin MP, said the assistance of orang asli would be roped in to help in the Governments efforts to develop the field of bio-technology.
Indigenous people have vast knowledge when it comes to herbs and wild forest plants.
We are confident that their expertise will be needed and be of great help to us, he said, adding that information on the herbs earmarked for cosmetics, medical and other purposes was yet to be collated.
Dr Jamaluddin said there were many species with potential and Might would divulge its findings in due course.