TAGET 2050 Herbal Gardens
About the Gardens
The TAGET 2050 Herbal Gardens Project aims for the promotion of sustainable growth and conservation of medicinal and health-enhancing trees and herbs with the potential to cure a range of diseases including emerging health conditions such as DIABETES, PRESSURE, KIDNEY FAILURE, PARKINSON’s syndrome, PROSTATE (BPH), HIV/AIDS and skin conditions. TAGET 2050 management believes that plants serve humanity to preserve sources of water for sustained lives of fauna and biota and general beautification of the global environment, and as sources of building materials, sources of energy, and some are of value in curing diseases and for the general maintenance of health.
Not all the traditional knowledge about medicinal and health-enhancing plants, such as has been preserved by the Maasai has been collected and mainstreamed in the health sector of society. Such knowledge can contribute towards the scientific identification, processing and use of medicinal plants to cure disease conditions and maintain human and animal nutritional status and health.
The organization believes that traditional medicinal and other plants have great value to the nation and humanity in general. Traditional and other healers have been harvesting and using medicinal plants without any plan for the future availability of the plants for coming generations. The need is, therefore, critical for the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants for the health of modern as well as future generations.
Further, human population growth and the expansion of human settlements; the creation and expansion of National Game Reserves and Parks for exclusive wildlife habitation, all continue to demand more plant materials to sustain animal and human lives. This calls for expanded and nationwide growth of more trees and other plants both for animals and humans alike.
TAGET 2050 aims to observe these demands by ensuring the promotion of tree growth to maintain a green Tanzanian environment, to ensure sustained supply of health-enhancing and environment conserving plants, the use of alternative energy and maintenance of clean waterfronts and general environment.
The herbal gardens project aims to:
- Undertake one research activity for the identification, appropriate growth and conservation methods for traditional medicinal and health enhancing trees and shrubs including those for animal feeds,
- Collaborate with the nation’s botanists in organizing two seminars per year on techniques for the identification, collection and judicious harvesting of herbal trees and shrubs such as not to damage and or eliminate their existence and instead to ensure their sustained availability today and in the future,
- Establish and engage community based teams of not less than five persons each to oversee and monitor collective responsibility in the conservation of economically useful plants in every community setting,
- Establish and manage a 25 acre botanical garden in the project area for the care and conservation of initially not less than 100 species of medicinal and other economically important plants and make those plants available to the health and animal husbandry sectors on mutually agreed terms for the maintenance and promotion of human and animal health,
- Select at least one school in every Administrative Division of the TAGET 2050 programmes areas to serve as pilot tree seedling nurturing and distribution centres for the surrounding communities to build a culture of tree growing, conservation of water sources and general beautification of the environment.
- Collaborate with the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) and the Traditional Medicines Unit of the country’s health sector in setting up a community structure in the form of a Community Natural Resources Committee to oversee the conservation and sustainable harvesting of economically important traditional plants and other resources for the common good.
- Carry out campaigns to sensitize the people about the need to use alternative energy and the dangers of deforestation and bush fires against the importance for every family to plant and care for at least ten trees per year in order to promote a green environment for Tanzania.
Main inputs to TAGET 2050 Herbal Gardens programme
- At least 25 acres of land to start with in Morogoro region
- Expert botanist to identify medicinal plants across the collect,
- Collected samples of medicinal trees and shrubs for cared growing in the project gardens,
- Project vehicle
- Project staff
- Farm equipment
- Farm house and shelters