【Commentary】What is the experience of "rushing to the early gathering" with 3,000 people in the largest Chinese herbal medicine trading market in Northwest China?

Recently, at seven o'clock in the morning, the Chinese herbal medicine trading market in Shouyang Town, Longxi County, Gansu Province has become lively. At the beginning of the morning fair, small trucks, tricycles, and electric vehicles drove in from all directions, and stacks of Chinese medicinal herbs were lined up in front of each stall. The trading hall of more than 1,000 square meters is overflowing with the aroma of medicines, and pharmaceutical merchants from all over the country are selecting their favorite medicinal materials in front of the stalls.

Although it is not yet the peak season for trading medicinal materials, the market is full of people, and the recent market of Chinese medicinal materials has "good momentum", attracting many merchants from the South China Sea and North to "stock up". Tang Hongda, a merchant from Hunan Province, is already very familiar with such a "rush to the early market", he said, such a market once every two days, and each time the market will come and go.

【During the same period】Hunan merchant Tang Hongda

I mainly do angelica, party ginseng, licorice, astragalus, today I mainly look at the market of licorice and party ginseng. The medicine here is still very good, because as angelica ginseng licorice, this side is the main production area. Sales are still very good, for the south, southerners like to eat this kind of nourishing things, stews, can also be used for medicinal purposes, all aspects can be, its use is more extensive.

【Explanation】As the largest trading market of Chinese medicinal materials in Northwest China, it is known as the "barometer" of Codonopsis and Astragalus. Sun Min, who has been in the medicinal herbs business since his grandfather's generation, is a resident merchant in the market, and the shop is full of various varieties of medicinal herbs of different specifications.

【During the same period】Sun Min, a medicine farmer in Longxi County, Dingxi City, Gansu Province

During the peak season, this hall cannot be filled with people, and then at the beginning of the new year, February to April is the peak season. In the past, when there was no such market, it was in the form of street stalls, we were operating, and now that the state has built this Chinese herbal medicine piece market, we will go to the market to put up goods, one set in two days.

Sun Min picked up the medicinal materials on the shelf and carefully introduced to the reporter that the angelica with the length of the palm was actually full of treasures.

【During the same period】Sun Min, a medicine farmer in Longxi County, Dingxi City, Gansu Province

You are like this angelica, this head replenishes blood, this return replenishes qi, this (tail) replenishes blood. This is the willow leaf of astragalus, and this one (exported) went to Southeast Asia.

Shi Tong, deputy manager of Shouyang Chinese herbal medicine trading market, said that the entire market is supporting from seeds, raw drugs, slices and logistics, with an annual trading volume of about 20,30 tons to 60,100 tons, and a transaction volume of about <> billion to <> billion.

【During the same period】Shi Tong, deputy manager of Shouyang Chinese herbal medicine trading market

Now this time period belongs to a peak period for our trading, our trading time is on the double day of our lunar calendar, starting from about 7:30 in the morning to 10 o'clock, which is an early trading period. This year is relatively prosperous, why, because the price of our recent medicinal herbs is gradually rising, like our astragalus, codonopsis, angelica, the price of the whole market is rising. Secondly, the price of our party ginseng has also risen relatively large, which is about twice as high as in previous years.

After ten o'clock in the morning, the market gradually quieted down, and the medicine farmers and merchants began to leave, waiting for the next market.

Longxi County, Gansu Province is located at the intersection of the Loess Plateau and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and the natural conditions of dry but not dry, cool but not wet make it a natural high-quality medicinal materials warehouse. The local Chinese medicinal materials are rich in resources and have a long history of planting, and the cultivation of local medicinal materials such as astragalus and codonopsis has a history of thousands of years, and is known as the "thousand-year medicine town".

Gao Ying, Zhang Jing, Dingxi, Gansu Province reports

Responsible Editor: [He Sanli]