Though it has a diverse medicinal ecosystem, Vietnam still finds it difficult developing its medicinal herb treasury.
Vietnam not only has the famous Ngoc Linh ginseng in Quang Nam and Kon Tum provinces, but also sam day (Sipunculus nudus), sam cau (Curculigo orchioides), Dang sam (Codonopsis pilosula), Dan Sam (Salvia miltiorrhiza) and sam bo chinh (Abelmoschus sagittifolius), grown in many different provinces and cities. These include ginseng with saponin concentration in no way inferior to South Korea’s ginseng.
A report released at a science conference on preserving and developing the medicinal herb area of Central Highlands and the southern part of southern region held in Da Nang on June 21 showed that there are more than 5,000 types of herbs in the area.
The concept of ‘value chain’ and the role of leading enterprises in the herbal medicine industry has been mentioned at many workshops and events, but the preferences in the master plan on Vietnam’s herb development do not mention enterprises. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Science & Technology’s renovation fund is nearly inaccessible to companies.
A large amount of a precious and endangered flora gene has been found inside a forest in central Quang Nam Province.
Eight years ago, Tra Linh Commune suffered extreme poverty, with many locals unable to buy or build decent homes.
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