Ongoing Effort to Boost Ngoc Linh Ginseng Development

9:08:50 AM | 7/3/2024

The Government and Quang Nam province introduced many ginseng development policies, including the Vietnam Ginseng Development Program to 2030, with an eye to 2045 (Decision 611 /QD-TTg dated June 1, 2023 of the Prime Minister), to open up many opportunities for Ngoc Linh ginseng.

The ceremonial reception of Ngoc Linh Ginseng during a festival 

According to the Quang Nam Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, ginseng will be produced with various stakeholder cooperation to form a highly commercial sector, create jobs and improve livelihoods for ethnic minorities, the program will be carried out in tune from production, product processing, brand building and development, and market expansion.

First of all, the growing area will be expanded. The area of Ngoc Linh ginseng in Quang Nam province is 8,400 ha (including 7,740 ha under the canopy of protective forests and 660 ha under the canopy of commercial forests) to ensure input supplies for processing plants.

The second is investing in fine processing; creating a wide range of products, with focus on processing and trading sustainable products along the value chain; building production and consumption chains; encouraging businesses to invest and develop modern factories and processing facilities. The province will attract 100 - 150 businesses to invest in developing seedling production, planting ginseng and building Ngoc Linh ginseng processing factories, of which 50 - 80% of which meet GMP-WHO standards.

The next is introducing products to consumers: Building and registering certified product trademarks; organizing trade promotion and advertisement for Ngoc Linh ginseng; gradually boosting exports; connecting data with the online sales system of traders, processors and growers of Ngoc Linh ginseng associated and building Ngoc Linh ginseng logo.

By developing growing areas, processing and product marketing, Ngoc Linh ginseng will bring a better economic life for people, especially mountainous ethnic minorities. Commercial production will be aligned with forest protection and management. Besides, Ngoc Linh ginseng will become a cultural value for growing areas and the province by investing in building community tourism villages; developing tourism infrastructure; and opening Ngoc Linh ginseng fairs and festivals. By 2030, the province will attract at least five investors to develop ginseng tourism in association with eco-tourism, leisure tourism and community tourism; and open at least two scientific workshops and two national and international trade workshops for Ngoc Linh ginseng.

In addition, Quang Nam province will offer investment opportunities and upgrade transportation systems, electrical systems and communication systems in growing areas; build in-situ conservation areas and ex-situ collection farms of Vietnamese ginseng genetic resources in some typical ecological regions, targeting to have 500,000 seedlings a year by 2030; support establishing 50 - 100 farms capable of producing 10 - 20 million one-year seedlings a year; manage and inspect the quality of Ngoc Linh ginseng roots and even processed ginseng products.

Seizing this opportunity, Quang Nam launched the implementation project of carrying out the Vietnam Ginseng Development Program to 2030, with a vision to 2045, in the province (according to Decision 2270/QD-UBND dated October 20, 2023 of the Provincial People's Committee). The province is building a development project and forming a pharmaceutical industry center with Ngoc Linh ginseng as the key plant in Quang Nam. These are important foundations for the province to effectively untap the potential of Ngoc Linh ginseng and local medicinal plants in the coming time.

Nguyen Bach (Vietnam Business Forum)