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Thiruvananthapuram, Dec. 25

THE growing global interest in ayurveda indicates that there is a demand for alternative systems of medicine, said the Kerala Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy.

Inaugurating `Arogya 2005', an exhibition on alternative medicine organised by the Chamber of Commerce, Thiruvananthapuram, on Saturday, he pointed out that Kerala is well placed to benefit from this interest in alternative medicine. For instance, cultivation of herbs required in ayurveda and other systems of medicine could prove to be a business opportunity for entrepreneurs and farmers in Kerala, he pointed out.

Earlier, while addressing the gathering Mr M.R. Narayanan, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Thiruvananthapuram, said `Arogya 2005' is the first of a series of events the organisation plans to hold in Thiruvananthapuram. Next year, the Chamber of Commerce proposes to organise an agricultural fair and an information technology fair, he added.

Seventy companies and organisations from across the country are participating in `Arogya 2005', he said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated December 26, 2005)
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