|Author: ||A. Tcheknavorian-Asenbauer|
Many developing countries are endowed with vast resources of medicinal and aromatic plants.
Apart from traditional ways of using them in health care, many are exported as raw materials to industrialized countries for processing.
UNIDO has promoted and developed programmes to industrially process these plants to establish agro-based industries in developing countries.
Technologies for processing at both central and rural level have been transferred.
A polyvalent pilot processing plant has been developed which is adapt able for processing both medicinal and aromatic plants.
Designs and specifications for this pilot plant have been published to enable countries to fabricate it locally.
The introduction of pilot plant processing was a significant contribution which enabled Institutes to upscale laboratory findings to develop industrial scale process parameters.
Industrial scale activities undertaken include production of standardized and good quality traditional medicines and extracts, formulation of extracts into modern dosage forms, extraction of phytopharmaceuticals, development of drugs from traditional pharmacopoeia and the production of essential oils, aroma chemicals and fragrance substances.
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