Central Quang Nam province is working to develop its local ginseng Ngoc Linh to become an international high-quality trademark to serve increasing demand in the herbal medicine industry and better compete with renowned rivals from the Republic of Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and the US.

Between now and 2020, the province plans to grow nearly a million ginseng plants across 100 hectares in Nam Tra My district. As part of long-term plans, the province has zoned off a 19,000 hectare plantation within seven communes in the district.

To produce the resulting ingredient derived from ginseng and required for traditional medicines, Quang Nam will call on joint efforts of the government, scientists and entrepreneurs to take part in developing processing and trading structures for the future organic farming product.

The province has prioritised sustainable management and the application of advanced science and technology to help reach its goal.

The local ginseng (scientific name: Panax vietnamensis) is a rare and valuable long-standing plant used in traditional medicine. The species is primarily found at Mount Ngoc Linh which straddles the area between Quang Nam and the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum.-VNA