Raising people’s awareness for sustainable development of herbal industry
Saturday, 2017-12-16 05:25:18
NDO – Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Economic Affairs Nguyen Van Binh said that it is essential to raise awareness of the people of the economic and medical values of herbal plants for effective and sustainable development of the herbal industry in Vietnam.
Binh made the remarks while chairing the conference on developing the herbal medicine in the Northwest region held in Lao Cai province on December 15 by the Party’s Commission for Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Health and the People’s Committee of Lao Cai province.
Speaking at the conference with participation of representatives from 14 provinces in the Northwest region, Binh affirmed that the Northwest region boasts a huge potentials and advantages for the development of herbal medicines which is home to 500 types of herbal plants and precious local knowledge of herbalism.
Thus, Binh asked ministries, sectors and localities to focus on developing herbal products with comparative advantages to serve exports including tam that (panaxpseudoginseng) in Ha Giang and Cao Bang; y di (coixlacryma-jobi) in Son La, Lao Cai, Yen Bai; and dang sam (Campanumoea javaniea Blume) in Son La; among others.
Binh noted that it is necessary to clearly define the role of the State and the market, under which, the State should create favourable policies to attract and support enterprises to invest in and apply technology in the herbal sector to create their consumption markets.
In addition, the State needs to help enterprises to connect with cooperatives and local farmers and improve the awareness of the people of the values of herbal plants to effectively develop the herbal industry in Vietnam.