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Expert in Medicinal Plants Sourcing, Growing and Layout, and Maintenance of Botanic Gardens

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Expert with his knowledge in agronomical aspects of crops, was able to grow and conduct research in wide range of vegetables, fruits, flowers and medicinal herbs. He worked in coconut research station, potato and vegetable and fruit research stations before moving to the botanical gardens where he established techniques for growing wide range of flowers for ornamental purpose as well as commercial cultivation; rose, carnation, anthurium, gerbera, lily, chrysanthemum, orchids were some of them.

Expert was the director of Ooty Botanic gardens and Rajbhavan gardens for over 15 yrs . He was well known for his botanical and gardening expertise during the period. He was expert in raising seedlings of thousands of varieties of plants, raising , maitenance, training , plant protection, fertilization until seed ( seed to seed ). He designed and laid out many ornamental , botanical gardens, nurseries and arboretems during his stint in the botanical gardens. He is very knowledgeable in identification of plants from tropical to temperate conditions.He was responsible for successful conduct of annual flower shows in the botanical gardens. With his vast knowledge of plants and designing, he helped the local residents in improving their garden. His special skill and expertise areas were sourcing of seeds, seed treatment, sowing,planting, soil treatment, plant protection, fertilization, maintenance, training and pruning and maintenance of botanical garden as a whole with special emphasise to important garden components.

Bala, after his stint in Botanical gardens, worked in East Africa for an American consulting firm for introduction and development of various medicinal plants like artemisia, stevia, borage, tea tree, Angelica, Hypoxis, vitex agnus-castus, pelargonium sidoides, Milk thistle, Elder berry, centella, aloe, Echinacea angustifolia, E.purpurea, rosemary, thyme, Lemon Balm, Arnica montana, Prunus africanus, Vocango africana, Griffonia, Warburgia, Rauwolfia vomitoria, Fever few,Hypericum etc. He successfully established extensive medicinal plant cultivation in India ( feverfew, artemisia, rosemary, thyme, sage etc) , China (artemisia) and Vietnam ( artemisia and stevia), besides east Africa. Now, he has been working on the sourcing and growing of medicinal plants with anti malarial and anti cancer properties ( cathranthus, Mappia foetida, Podophyllum, Taxus etc.). He has a vast experience and knowledge in identification, growing, post harvest of most of the medicinal plants in commercial use, besides having adequate experience in processing.




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Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1973   B.Sc.   Agriculture and Horticulture   Tamilnadu Agricultural University   First Class
1989   M.Sc   Horticulture   Tamilnadu Agricultural University   Multiple Gold Medalist and University Topper

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2005 to 2010


Vedic Elements




Chief Agricultural Officer


Sourcing and cultivation of anti malarial herbs like artemisia, stevia and anti cancer plants like taxus, catharanthus, podophyllum and Mappia foetida. Processing of anti malarial products.

2000 to 2005


Lake Product and Services, ADC, Uganda




Chief Botanist


He was responsible in introducing many medicinal plants like artemisia, stevia, Tea tree, borage hypoxis, borage etc. He was working also as a free lance consultant for many indian and foreign companies during that time ( AVT, Panacea Biotech, CPD Holland, Denzil International ).

1974 to 1998


Government of Tamilnadu, India


Agriculture and Horticulture




As a responsible government officer, he worked at various levels involving himself in agri and horticultural research and maintenance of botanic gardens

Career Accomplishments:

Member American Botanical Corporation

Professional Appointments

General Director of JV Project in Vietnam Director of JV project in China


Muliple gold medalist in the M.Sc Horticulture programme for topping the university. His Thesis " Effect of chemical and bio fertilizers on marigold" was awarded with a gold medal.

Publications and Patents Summary

Research papers on potato, hill vegetables etc.

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1974 to 1988   Dept of Horticulture   Horticulture Officer to Curator   Management of labor and farm, conducting research activities, horticultural dev. work as head of province and maintenance of Botanical gardens as curator

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Consulting Vedic elements for setting upan extensive cultivation project of artemisia annua in Vietnam and China, besides setting up a modern extraction plant.
  • Consulting to Panacea Biotec, in setting up an extensive cultivation programme for Fever few along with post harvest techniques
  • Consulting Lake Products services, Uganda for setting up a modern nursery facility along with a sustainable cultivation programme with special reference to Birds eye chillies
  • Consulting AVT for development of new natural products by growing new medicinal plants like adonis, echinacea, red clover, sylibum etc.
  • Offering consultancy services to Sanmar specialty chemicals for development of raw material base like Gloriosa superba, Duboisia etc.
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Expert Witness:
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2005 to 2010   Vietnam   Conducting trials on medicinal plants, contract farming od artemisia annua in 300 ha every yr., setting up a modern extraction plant and processing.
2006 to 2006   China   Contract farming of artemisia annua in 500 ha and processing the same by out-sourcing.
2000 to 2004   Uganda   Setting up a modern propagation and nusery facility for Lake products and Services, Uganda, conducting trials with various medicinal plants and various centres and evolving cultivation technologies for medicnal crops. Introduced hypoxis, artemisia and stevia.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
English   He is very good in spoken language and writing.

Market Research:
Reducing the cost of Pharma industrial raw materials by increasing the yield and active ingredient contents.

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Additional Skills and Services:

Presented papers regarding the status of medicinal plants, cultivation of and processing of specic plants for anti malarial, anti cancer, stevia etc. besides arranging and attending many seminars

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Handling the identification and location of vendors for procurement of various medicinal raw materials, arranging contract farming for many medicinal plants in India, China, Vietnam and East Africa.

Other Skills and Services

Propagation techniques for difficult to grow plants and post harvest technologies to preserve the active ingredient content


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