The Jakarta Post
To cultivate their love for herbal medicines, residents of Bogor, West Java, have been asked to grow medicinal plants in the yards of their homes.
The medicinal plants comprise Madeira vine or mignonette vine, locally known as binahong; drumstick trees, locally known as kelor; red ginger; Asian pigeonwings or bluebellvine, locally known as kembang telang; and turmeric.
Bogor chapter of the Family Welfare Movement (PKK) chairwoman Yane Ardian Bima Arya said Bogor had 68 subdistricts and she hoped each household in the area could grow one out of the six medicinal plants in the yards of their homes.
“Three years ago, I called on residents in the city to grow special medicinal plants in the yards of their homes, such as turmeric or drumstick trees. All residents in every district chose to plant red ginger. Apparently, red ginger is a favorite medicinal plant of all Bogor residents,” said Yane.
She was speaking at a discussion on the cultivation of red ginger held by PKK Bogor and supported by herbal medicinal company PT Bintang Toejoe, which took place at Bogor City Hall, last week.
According to Yane, the mandatory cultivation of the six medicinal plants was rolled out to increase the people’s love of native herbal plants. The program is also part of the ongoing movement to make Bogor a healthy, strong and productive city.
“In cultivating medicinal plants, especially red ginger and drumstick trees, we hope our counterparts, including Bintang Toejoe, can give assistance, such as training people on how to grow and produce herbal medicines,” said Yane. (ebf)