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|Common Name||Cinchona, quinine|
|Packing||25kg,50kg, new PP bags|
|Size||Powder, tree barks 2cm-5cm|
|Season||All through the year|
|Storage and Transport Conditions||89%-90% relative humidity,Transported in dry conditions to prevent ant moisture from coming into contact with the dried bark|
The cinchona tree bark, commonly harvested from the Cinchona tree or ‘fever tree’, is among Congos’ leading Agricultural export. Congo produces about 100 tonnes of Cinchona tree barks annually, which contributes to roughly 50% of the total produced globally.
Quinine, a key ingredient in tonic, is found in the forests of the eastern Congo, specifically in the Northern and Southern Kivu province. It is found in the bark of the fever tree(Cinchona tree) and has been used to prevent and treat malaria for centuries.
Currently, cinchona is the only economically sound source of quinine, a drug that is still recommended for the treatment of fevers.
Cinchona is a genus of flowering plants native to the tropical Andean forests. The plant has been historically sought after especially for its medicinal value.
The plants are large shrubs or small trees with evergreen foliage growing 5 to 15m in height. The flowers of the tree can either be pink, white or red and are produced in terminal panicles. In herbalism, the bark of the tree was dried into what were called quills and then powdered.
Cinchona trees were introduced into the republic of congo by the Belgians, and over time, has earned Congo the name of the worlds best quinine producers. She also boasts the worlds most extensive cinchona forests in the world which are widely spread in the Kivu province, the Eastern region of the republic. Remarkably, congo accounts for close to 50% of the total cinchona in the global market.
North Kivu province is especially a major global exporter of cinchona bark and demand is remarkably buoyant, mainly from India.
The cinchona trees are usually harvested on a seven-year cycle; however, the product is available throughout the year due to the large plantations. Harvesting of the bark is done manually by clubbing of the stem of the cinchona tree. As the farms are usually vast, a large workforce is required for the whole process to be completed in time.
The dried bark may be ground into a powder form to facilitate transportation of the product over long distances or packed as it is directly from the tree. Packing is done as per the buyers’ specification. However, the standard packing of the powder is 25kg, 50kg new plastic PP bags.
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