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Location:
Uttarakhand
Start Date:
Oct, 2012

Over the past 10 years, the government of Uttarakhand through the department of Herbal Research and Development Institute (HRDI) has been promoting the cultivation of some of these rare and endangered species. Few of the initiatives have caught on due to inability to market these herbs properly after harvest, however Katuki, or Kutki picrorhiza kurroa is one of them that has gained a lot of momentum and success over the last years. There is a Kutki nursery in the village of Ramni, in Ghat Valley, district Chamoli, that was started by an organization called Ankur which has also helped the proliferation of Kutki cultivation in the area.

Kutki is one of the Best Liver Herbs on the planet, and is the only herb to our knowledge which has been scientifically proven to help the regeneration of Liver Cells. The Dunagiri Team has spent the weeks of October 15-30, 2012 visiting a number of these Kutki Cultivation sites, as we want to let the farmers know that we are here to support them, and for them to keep up the good work.

The problems we face is that there is still a large amount of illegal Kutki being collected from the wild in India, as well as Huge amounts being smuggled into India from Nepal and being sold on the black market. The wild-harvested herbs govern the market value of Kutki, so the farmers are having to sell their Kutki at the black market value. Our initiative to support these farmers is to buy Kutki direct from the farmers at a premium rate, drying and post-processing it properly, and finding responsible companies who will buy this premium grade Kutki, rather than buy the smuggled one which is depleting Kutki in the wild.

It is a difficult task, as we have to visit very remote areas, often walking for days to visit each farm, identify how successful Kutki is growing there, and making sure the wild collected Kutki is not being mixed in with the cultivated one. These things are very tough to monitor, but we have identified a method of genetic testing which allows us to differentiate between wild Kutki and the cultivated one based on our ability to trace the cuttings back to a mother strain.

Kutki is one of Himalayas finest Medicinal Gems, in a society where toxicity and pollution plague our environment, and thus our bodies, Kutki can play a major roll in healing our livers, cleaning our blood, and fighting diseases such as Hepatitus C.

Please continue to follow us and our journey to support cultivated Kutki farmers....

If you would like to help by Contributing to our cause by Donation, pls click the link below to find out how. Your help would be crucial to aiding in our ability to hire regional montoring agents, and cover their transport and clerical fees.  So we can make sure that the Kutki you get from Dunagiri is 100% sustainable.

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