Soft artichoke extract products from Lam Dong (Source: internet)

The first large-scale oriental medicine factory was inaugurated on September 24 in Phu Hoi Industrial Zone in the Duc Trong district of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

The facility, worth more than 100 billion VND (4.46 million USD) funded by the Lam Dong Pharmaceutical JSC (Ladophar), will be built on 10,000 square metres and equipped with advanced technologies.

It is the 42nd oriental medicine processing facility established nationwide and meets the Good Laboratory practice (GLP) standards recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The factory has an annual production capacity of 800 tonnes of herbal pharmaceuticals and 280 tonnes of dried and soft artichoke extract, according to Ladophar General Director Pham Thi XuanHuong.

The company aims to fully tap potential of artichoke, the local typical medicinal plant to provide materials for other domestic and international pharmaceutical enterprises, Huong said.

Lam Dong, one of the eight key zones for developing national medicinal plants, is home to a wide variety of special, precious and rare medicinal vegetation.

The facility is also expected to develop an herbal material area, contributing to preserving the valued sources of medicinal plants.-VNA