The other day, in the selection activities of "Shaanxi Top Ten Qin Medicines" and "Shaanxi Traditional Chinese Medicine Planting Model Bases" organized by Shaanxi Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, Zizhou Astragalus and Zizhou County Tianci Chinese Medicinal Materials Limited Company were selected respectively "Shaanxi Top Ten Qin Medicines" and "Shaanxi Astragalus Planting Model Base" through rounds of selection.
In order to build the Shaanxi Qin Medicine brand, the Shaanxi Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine Association organized the selection activities of "Shaanxi Top Ten Qin Medicines" and "Shaanxi Traditional Chinese Medicine Planting Model Bases" throughout the province. After the bottom-up selection and recommendation by counties (districts) and cities across the province, the Shaanxi Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine Association organized an expert review, and finally selected the "Shaanxi Top Ten Qin Medicines" and the "Shaanxi Traditional Chinese Medicine Planting Model Base". Zizhou Astragalus and Zizhou County Tianci Chinese Medicinal Materials Limited Company are on the list. Among them, Zizhou Astragalus was successfully selected as one of the "Top Ten Qin Medicines in Shaanxi", and Zizhou County Tianci Chinese Medicinal Materials Limited Company was rated as "Shaanxi Astragalus Planting Model Base" .
Zizhou Astragalus has been planted for thousands of years, which is well-known throughout the country for its thick and long strips, less wrinkles, firm, cottony and powdery texture, sweet taste, fresh color, and high quality. It enjoys a good reputation of "Northeast Ginseng and Zizhou Astragalus". In 2008, it was successfully declared as a national geographical indication protection product, and became the first product to receive this honor among the national astragalus production areas. It is also the only product that meets export standards among the six national Chinese herbal medicine bases, which is exported to Hong Kong, Macau, Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea and so on.
In recent years, Zizhou County has attached great importance to the development of the astragalus industry, and has initially formed an astragalus industry system based on planting, processing and marketing. In 2017, the astragalus industry integration project with an investment of 7 billion yuan was launched to build a domestic first-class ecological Chinese medicinal material planting base, a regional storage and logistics center and a citywide Chinese medicinal material trading center. It is estimated that by 2020, the planting area of Chinese medicinal materials in the county will reach 250,000 mu, of which astragalus planting area will reach 200,000 mu.
Zizhou County Tianci Chinese Medicinal Materials Limited Company is a private enterprise that focuses on the cultivation, acquisition, processing and sales of Chinese medicinal materials with astragalus root. Founded in 2000, the company has three factories for primary processing of astragalus, deep processing and processing of decoction pieces of Chinese medicinal materials. It has four production lines for Zhenqi beverage, Zhenqi purified water, astragalus tea, bitter vegetable tea, and minor crops. It has annual production of 10,000 tons of Zhenqi beverage, 15,000 tons of Zhenqi purified water, 100 tons of astragalus tea, 6,000 kg of bitter vegetable tea, 3,000 tons of selected minor crops, annual processing of 1,000 tons of astragalus, and an output value of 150 million yuan.
The company has been rated as the key leading enterprise of agricultural industrialization in Yulin City, the top ten enterprises in the non-public economy, the outstanding private enterprise, the contract-abiding and trustworthy enterprise, the technology-based enterprise, the high-tech cultivation enterprise and the Shaanxi Province "Quality Service Credit AAA Unit" , Shaanxi Province agricultural industrialization management key leading enterprise, Shaanxi Province poverty alleviation leading enterprise, etc.