Amomum longiligulare – a sustainable livelihood model

  • Ba Rgoc commune’s new plantation of Sa nhân tím (Amomum longiligulare) is growing well in Chu Mom Ray forest, and hopefully will bear fruit in the coming year. Meanwhile, authorities are expanding the planting area. In the long run, it is considered a sustainable livelihoods model for ethnic minorities living in the forest of Kon Tum province.
    This demonstrates the successful cooperation of the Kon Tum provincial Science and Technology Association (KUSTA), Sa Thay district department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chu Mom Ray national park, and CIRUM.
    Just a year ago, these organizations held a hand-on training to grow Sa nhân tím (Amomum longiligulare) in Ba Rgoc commune, Kon Tum province. Along with  the training, 24,000 seed plants were distributed to local people. The recipients are 10 households of the Gia Rai ethnic group, who currently have the contract for protecting 20 hectares of forests within the administrative and servicing area of the Chu Mom Ray national park. Amomum longiligulare was chosen for its high value. Its dried fruit is a traditional medicine to treat digestive syndromes.

    Now that the plants are successfully growing, the local authorities are happy to distribute more seed plants to the community. Fifteen other families received plants two months ago. The new plants will eventually cover an area of 15 hectares and bring increased income to the local community.