BERNAMA News - ... Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Malaysia's Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, visited Biotropics Malaysia Bhd, one of the anchor companies under the Agriculture, High-Value Herbal Products, National Key Economic Areas (NKEA), which conducts pre-clinical and clinical research on the product, Tongkat Ali.
"The herb is also largely harvested from the wild, it may be extinct in the next 20 years if there is no effort to cultivate it," he said.
In this regard, he saw progressive encouragements for the commercial planting of Tongkat Ali via the plantation method could ensure the supply is adequate for export.
In addition, he said, the indiscriminate harvesting of raw materials including Tongkat Ali should be checked and enforcement must be enhanced to ensure the forest resources were protected for future generations.
"The ministry may also set up a National Herbal Council with the cooperation of the Health Ministry to boost demand for herbs in the country specifically Tongkat Ali," he added.