Dolpa, August 3, 2016:Â Preparations are underway to transport yarchagumba (Cordyceps Sinensis) collected by local people to China for sale under tight police security with the harvesting season completed, police said.
Over 50 traders have gathered in Dunai till today, the district headquarters of Dolpa and they along with the precious medicinal herbs they have collected will be escorted under tight police security to China on Wednesday, Deputy Superintendent of Police Sumit Khadka said.
Police started providing security to yarcha traders going to the northern neighbour since last year, following the looting of millions of rupees worth of the valuable medicinal herb on the way in previous years. Yarcha traders go to China to sell yarcha they have possessed as it is sold there at relatively high price.
A kilogram yarcha fetches between Rs 1.5 million to 3 million in Chinese market. It takes a seven-day walk for the traders to reach the transit point of China. The transit point usually remains opened only to allow the transaction of the precious medicinal herb after the harvesting season finishes.