Sapa to become a key location for medicinal plant production by 2025

Sapa commune is continuing to increase development investments in order to become the primary site for medicinal plant production in Lao Cai by 2025.

Sapa (Lao Cai) contains 240 hectares of medicinal plant cultivation, primarily artichoke, elsholtzia wild, canton ampelopsis, amomum hainanense, and herbals used in the creation of Red Dao bathing goods. The town now houses six firms and cooperatives that engage in the cultivation and processing of medical goods, with a processing capacity of around 5,800 tons of fresh medicinal plants per year. The town generates more than 30 billion VND in income from medicinal plants each year.

Following the Provincial resolution on agricultural commodity development strategy by 2030, with a vision for 2050, Sa Pa authorities have actively promoted agricultural development focused on commodity production linked to preservation, processing, and consumption along the value chain, leveraging each region's potential and advantages. There is a focus on establishing clean agriculture, organic agriculture, climate adaptation, and environmental preservation. Crop production is being restructured into two groups: major provincial-level goods and prospective local products associated with the "One Commune One Product" (OCOP) initiative. Furthermore, support and encouragement are provided for the development of high-tech production applications to proactively manage seasonal changes, enhance market competitiveness, increase agricultural product value, and improve production value per unit of cultivated land.

Medicinal plants will be an important industry in Lao Cai province between 2022 and 2025, and they are one of Sapa's strengths. With ample territory and a good environment for producing medicinal plants, the town has made significant investments in growth. By 2025, Sa Pa hopes to become a main area for medicinal plant production in Lao Cai Province.

Sapa's medicinal plants are of greater grade and have more therapeutic characteristics than those grown in other places. Consumers are familiar with and trust the town's processed medicinal plant goods.

To suit market needs, enterprises and cooperatives have used scientific procedures for deep processing and product diversification. Currently, the town processes over 100 therapeutic plant items, creating a major revenue for locals. The output value of medicinal plants per acre surpasses 100 million VND, and the town generates more than 30 billion VND in income from medicinal plants annually.