First unique fair of Ngoc Linh ginseng in Quang Nam Province

The first unique fair of Ngoc Linh ginseng opened on October 1 in the central province of Quang Nam's Nam Tra My mountainous district, the habitat of the plant.

First unique fair of Ngoc Linh ginseng in Quang Nam Province

The event in the district culture, sport center with over 50 booths including 20 booths displaying Ngoc Linh ginseng and its products and 30 booths exhibited agriculturre and forestry product and handicrafts such as sinnamon Tra My, visually-striking Vietnamese tho cam (brocade), various herbs and specific produces of the mountainous district.
As per the organizer, it is planned to sell 20 – 50 kilogram of fresh gingseng at the fair. Price of a ginseng fluctuates from VND55 – VND65 million ($2,420 - $2,860) per kilogram ( 36 bulbs of ginseng per one kilogram)  and VND80 – VND90 million ( ten bulbs of ginseng per kilogram), while fresh leave fetches VND5.5 – 6.5 million a kilogram. Especially, some ginseng with beautiful shape has cost of tens of millions of dong.
Chairman of People's Committee in Nam Tra My District Ho Quang Buu said the fair is organized to bring genuine gingseng to customers; accordingly, a group of gingseng experts is present at the fair to verify the products as well as instruct people how to distinguish fake and genuine gingseng.
People's Committee will be held accountable if people detect fake gingseng at the fair.
Additionaly, there had been exchange people with farmers and enterprises and visitors enjoyed dishes of mountainous residents.
Root of Ngoc Linh Ginseng contains 52 saporins. It is recognized as one of the five most valuable and rare ginseng species in the world because it possesses such a diversity of medicinal properties.
Accordingly, the Prime Minister June 5 signed a decision to recognize the ginseng as the national product.
Ginseng was first found on Ngoc Linh Mountain on the border between the Central Highlands Kon Tum Province and Quang Nam in the late 1960s. Since then, the two provinces have cooperated to preserve and grow the precious tree. Quang Nam province has 15,000 hectares of land for growing the ginseng.

By staff writer - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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