Herdsmen in northern China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region have been supplementing their modest incomes by growing desert plants, using advanced techniques under the guidance of an enterprising Chinese pharmaceutical company. Alxa League, an administrative division of Inner Mongolia, is a region notable for its fragile ecological environment, with two-thirds of its land covered by desert…Full Article: China Daily Aug 2017

Key Points

  • China’s annual output of Cistanche deserticola (aka Roucongrong in Chinese) is less than 700 MTs.
  • In 2012, due to deteriorating grasslands for local cattle and sheep, the government of Alxa League promoted the production of the medicinal herb Cistanche deserticola as a means of financial support for farmers. The medicinal herb is a shrub-like desert plant that purportedly maintains kidney health when consumed.
  • Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Inner Mongolia Region, Alxa Congrong (Group) focuses on the production and processing of Cistanche deserticola. The company reportedly had an annual production capacity of 300 MTs.

ChinaAg Comment

  • Cistanche deserticola is a parasitic plant that is main source of the TCM product Roucongrong (aka 肉苁蓉). The plant can be found in the northern Chinese desert regions of Gansu, Shaanxi, Qinghai, Xinjiang, Ningxia Hui, and Inner Mongolia (top producer). Harvesting occurs in the spring.

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