AP-CF/Guidelines-GMCL & LAB/Final
Value Addition to Raw drugs
In the Report on “Value Addition Techniques for commercially important medicinalplants of Andhra Pradesh including Pharmacoepial standards for 61 species ”, discussionon good storage practices, drying methods etc., have been provided.The following section discusses the value addition route to raw drugs.
: This route can ensure a value addition in the range of 4-10times or more. Ayurvedic formulation can be made from the Ayurvedic Formulary of India, a standard reference for this purpose. The technology involved is simple. There area plethora of products and the consumer may have a problem in differentiating a goodquality product from a spurious one. The market survey reveals that the products are notformulated on any standards. Each company makes its own formulations and the claimsare not substantiated. Even if the enterprise was to make genuine products the challengewill be to build an image of quality. It is expected that the market for herbal products willgrow to about Rs 4000 crores by about 2002 AD. So while there is space for introducingformulations the challenge will be to build a brand image. Export of such products isanother avenue of opportunity. The table 1 gives an idea of market of different productsthat are produced from the species that we have identified.
Table:1 Prices of Sample Products
Sl. noplant nameprice of crudedrugsingleproductPriceMixed productPrice1
Source: Raju and Singh (1997) : Feasibility Study of a Non-timber forest produce enterprise.Working paper. Institute of Rural Management, Anand