Xin Hua News
July 4, 2004,
moonlight, with the help of flashlights, several Chinese
peasants from neighboring provinces are digging herbs in
Hulun-Boir grasslands of eastern Inner Mongolia.
helpless Mongolian herder from Old Barag Banner, Hulun-Boir
League, Inner Mongolia, told the correspondent that his grazing
land has been largely destroyed by these Chinese illegal herb
diggers and severely turned to desert.
grassland is the well-known Bupleurum (or Chinese
Thorowax Root) and Radix Sileris growing area. Since
this summer, large groups of Chinese peasants from neighboring
provinces of Harmuren ( Hei Long Jiang ) and He Bei have poured
into Hulun-Boir grasslands and illegally dug herbs, resulting in
severe damage to the already drought-stricken weakened
ecosystem. Statistics show that every digger digs up and gathers
at least 10 to 15 kilogram herbs in 300 square meter grasslands
per day. After their leave, one can find that the vegetation of
the affected areas was seriously destroyed and the entire
grasslands look like deeply plowed farmlands. Helpless local
herders call these Chinese peasants “herbal locusts”.