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|Friday, March 09, 2001, updated at 14:21(GMT+8)|
Yunnan to Build Herbal Medicine Production BaseExperts of the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently approved the feasibility report submitted by Yunnan province on building a modernized traditional Chinese medicine production base.
Construction of the production base will take five years and cost 3.1 billion yuan. The provincial government allocated 20 million yuan last year to do early stage preparation.
In the first phase, five medicinal herbs plantations, three demonstration zones and five medicine processing centers will be built.
A dozen medical experts have come to Yunnan to conduct on-the-spot investigation on medicinal herbs reserve.
Yunnan is endowed with 6,559 kinds of traditional Chinese medicine, and is ranked first in China. Nearly 60 to 70 percent of China's rare medicinal species can be found in Yunnan.
The pharmaceutical industry, a pillar industry in Yunnan, is comprised of 137 pharmaceutical plants, which produce 3,000 kinds of medicine.
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