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Govt vows to assist farmers, producers

Source: Vientiane Times, 22 September 2017.

Assisting farmers and producers is one of the government’s top priorities in driving commercial productivity and boosting exports, a senior official has said.

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr Lien Thikeo told media recently that the agricultural promotion policy needs to be implemented effectively to help farmers and businesses enhance productivity.

Enforcement of the Prime Minister’s Order No. 15 issued on May 13, 2016, has had a positive impact. Many entrepreneurs are now using their land, on which they previously operated a timber business, to raise cattle and pigs, he said.

Banana exports drop after govt tightens regulations on growers

Source: Vientiane Times, August 25, 2017

The export value of bananas in the first six months (Q1 and Q2) of this year decreased compared to the same period last year and is expected to decline further.

The drop in exports comes after the government called a halt to the establishment of large scale banana plantations in a bid to prevent environmental impacts, with local authorities also taking stricter action against banana farms. Laos earned almost US$125 million from banana exports in Q1 and Q2 this year, while last year’s figure for the same period was over US$137.5 million, according to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

ແຂວງວຽງຈັນ ອະນຸຍາດ ໃຫ້ນັກລົງທຶນຈີນ ປູກໄມ້ໃຫ້ໝາກ ຢູ່ເມືອງຫີນເຫີບ 150 ເຮັກຕາ

ແຫຼ່ງທີ່ມາຂອງຂ່າວ: ຂ່າວສານປະເທດລາວ (KPL) 23/06/2017
ແຂວງ​ວຽງ​ຈັນ, ​ອະນຸຍາດ​ໃຫ້​ນັກ​ລົງທຶນຈີນ ​​ເຂົ້າປູກ​ໄມ້​ໃຫ້​ໝາກ​ ແບບ​ປະສົມ​ປະສານ ​ຢູ່​ເມືອງ​ຫີນ​ເຫີບ​ ເຊິ່ງຈະ​ປູກ​ໝາກ​ມ່ວງ, ລີ້ນຈີ່​ ແລະ​ ລຳ​ໄຍ, ​ໂດຍ​ຈະ​ບໍ່​ປູກ​ກ້ວຍ ​​ເພື່ອຫວັງ​ຜົນ​ກຳ​ໄລ ​​ໃນ​ໄລຍະ​ສັ້ນ​ເດັດຂາດ, ຊຶ່ງພິທີ​ເຊັນ​ສັນຍາ​ອະນຸຍາດ ​ຢ່າງ​ເປັນ​ທາງ​ການ​ ມີ​ຂຶ້ນ​ໃນ​ວັນ​ທີ 22 ມິຖຸນາ​ ນີ້ ​ລະຫວ່າງ​ທ່ານ ສຸ​ກັນ​ ວິ​ໄລ ຫົວໜ້າ​ພະ​ແນ​ກ ​ແຜນການ-ການລົງທຶນ ​ແຂວງວຽງຈັນ ​ແລະ ​ທ່ານ​ ທາວ ​ຊິນ​ຍີ ປະທານ​ບໍລິສັດ ​ຊິນ​ຮວງ​ຕາວ​ຕີງ​ອີ້​ ການ​ຄ້າ​ຈຳກັດ ໂຄງການ​ດັ່ງກ່າວ, ​ມີ​ມູນ​ຄ່າ​ການ​ລົງທຶນ 1 ລ້ານ​ໂດ​ລາສະຫະລັດ.
ໃນ​ສັນຍາ​ລະ​ບຸ​ວ່າ:​ ໂຄງການ​ປູກ​ໄມ້​ໃຫ້​ໝາກ​ ແບບ​ປະສົມ​ປະສານ ປະກອບ​ມີ ການ​ປູກ​ໝາກມ່ວງ, ໝາກ​ລີ້ນຈີ່ ​ແລະ ​ໝາກ​ລຳ​ໄຍ. ​ຊຶ່ງຈະ​ຈັດ​ຕັ້ງ​ປະ​ຕິບັດ​ ຢູ່​ ບ້ານ​ຄອນ​ແກ້ວ​ ​ເມືອງ​ ຫີນ​ເຫີບ​ ແຂ​ວງ​ວຽງ​ຈັນ ໃນ​ເນື້ອ​ທີ່ 150 ເຮັກຕາ, ​ໂດຍ​ມີ​ໄລ​ຍະ ການ​ສຳປະທານ 30 ປີ​ ນັບ​ແຕ່​ມື້​ເຊັນ​ສັນຍາ ​ເປັນ​ຕົ້ນ​ໄປ ຫລັງ​ຈາກ​ນັ້ນ​ ແມ່ນ​ສົ່ງ​ດິນ​ດັ່ງກ່າວ ​ຄືນ​ໃຫ້​ລັດ.
ທ່ານ​ ທາວ ​ຊິນ​ຍີ ປະທານ​ບໍລິສັດ ​ຊິນ​ຮວງ​ຕາວ​ຕີງ​ອີ້​ ການ​ຄ້າ​ຈຳກັດ ກ່າວວ່າ:​ ໂຄງການ​ນີ້ ​ເປັນ​ໂຄງການ ​ປູກ​ໄມ້​ໃຫ້​ໝາກ​ ແບບ​ປະສົມ​ປະສານ​ ໂດຍ​ຈະ​ນຳ​ໃຊ້​ ເຕັກນິກ​ວິ​ທະ​ນາສາ​ດ ​ເຂົ້າ​ໃນ​ການ​ຜະລິດ, ບໍ່​​ໃຊ້​ເຄມີ​ທີ່​ເປັນ​ອັນຕະລາຍ ​ຜູ້​ທຳ​ການ​ຜະລິດ​, ຕໍ່​ປະຊາຊົນບໍ​ລິ​ເວນ​​ໃກ້​ຄຽງ​ ແລະ ​ໂຄງການ​ ຈະ​ບໍ່​ປູກ​ກ້ວຍ​ ທີ່​ໃຊ້​ສານ​ເຄມີ ​ເພື່ອ​ຫວັງຜົນ​ກຳ​ໄລ​ ໃນ​ໄລຍະ​ສັ້ນ​​ເດັດຂາດ.
ສ່ວນ​ການ​ປູກຕົວ​ຈິງ ແມ່ນ​ຈະ​ເລີ່​ມລົງມື ​ໃນ​ຕົ້ນ​ລະດູຝົນ​ປີໜ້າ, ​ໃນ​ຈຳນວນ 150​ ເຮັກ​ຕາ ​ແມ່ນ​ຈະ​ປູກໝາກມ່ວງ​ 50% ຂອງ​ເນື້ອ​ທີ່​ ຄາດ​ວ່າ 5 ປີ​ຈະ​ໄດ້​​ເກັບ​ຜົນ​ຜະລິດ​ຂາຍ, 70%​ ແມ່ນ​ສົ່ງ​ໄປ​ຈີນ ​ແລະ ​30%​ ແມ່ນ​ຂາຍ​ພາຍ​ໃນ, ສ່ວນດ້ານ​ແຮງ​ງານ ​ແມ່ນ​ຈະ​ນຳ​ໃຊ້​ປະຊາຊົນ ​ຢູ່​ບ້ານ​ຄອນ​ແກ້ວ​ ແລະ ​ບ້ານ​ໄດ້​ຄຽງ​, ຊຶ່ງ​ໂຄງການ​ດັ່ງກ່າວ ມີ​ຄວາມ​ຕ້ອງການ​ແຮງ​ງານ ​ຫລາຍ​ກວ່າ ​50 ຄົນ​, ສ່ວນ​ວິຊາ​ກການ​ແມ່ນ​ນຳ​ໃຊ້​ຄົນ​ຈີນ.

Oudomxay banana farms unable to renew contracts

Source: Vientiane Times, June 10, 2017
A number of banana farms in Oudomxay province have ceased operations after their contracts expired following numerous complaints from local residents that their operations were negatively affecting the environment.
The farms are operated by 11 concession holders. Seven companies are still continuing their operations but four companies’ contracts have expired and the authorities will not renew them.
A provincial Agriculture and Forestry Department official, Mr Bounyeun Xayyaven told Vientiane Times yesterday the 11 companies had concessions and rented the land of local residents to operate their banana farms, but four of those companies had ended their work after their contracts expired.
The seven companies that are currently still in business will also cease work when their contracts expire, he said, adding that in each case the investors are returning the land to their owners upon the expiration of their contracts.
Of the remaining companies, some still have three year contracts while others have five year contracts but they must comply with government policy on environmental protection as long as they are still in operation, Mr Bounyeun said.
Last year, the Prime Minister’s Office ordered farms that were preparing to cultivate banana trees to cease work. Companies that own thousands of hectares of banana plantations where trees have already been planted will not be allowed to plant any more after harvesting the crop.
Chinese-owned banana farms are not only found in the north of Laos, there are also hundreds of hectares of bananas under cultivation in Vientiane province and the capital.
According to a National Assembly report in October last year, some provinces are using too many insecticides, pesticides and chemical fertilisers, but this issue did not feature in reports submitted to the Assembly.
Some people became ill and some allegedly died after pesticide was sprayed on farms, but the reports did not say where this had occurred.
There are no bananas grown on Chinese-owned farms for sale in local markets as the farms send all their fruit to China. The bananas are packed in cardboard boxes for immediate shipment to China after they are harvested.

Laos prime minister concerned over banana plantations

Source: Reuters, May15,2017
The prime minister of Laos has voiced concern over widespread chemical usage on banana plantations after a Reuters report on Chinese-run farms in the Southeast Asian country.

Laos' Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith delivers a speech  in Hanoi, Vietnam 26 October 2016.  REUTERS/Luong Thai Linh/Pool

Laos’ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith delivers a speech in Hanoi, Vietnam 26 October 2016. REUTERS/Luong Thai Linh/Pool

Xayaboury Suspends Banana Farms

Source: Lao News Agency (KPL), 26/5/2017

Phouthong Sivongsa

(KPL) ‘Xayaboury authorities have permanently suspended plantations of aroma bananas totally sized more than 360 ha, and plan to grow alternative cash crops to replace banana farming.’

The Planning and Cooperation Division under the Xayaboury Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Department told local media on May 24 that the Xayaboury Governor issued an order suspending aroma banana farming and banning further expansion of banana farms last year.

ກອງປະຊຸມສະຫຼຸບຜົນງານຂອງໂຄງການ QDF

ໂດຍ: ແອັດມິນ

ໃນວັນທີ 28 ເດືອນ ເມສາ ປີ 2017 ອົງການ ບ້ານຈຸດສຸມສາກົນ  (VFI) ໄດ້ເປີດກອງປະຊຸມສະຫຼຸບ ການດໍາເນີນງານຂອງ ໂຄງການ QDF. ກອງປະຊຸມຄັ້ງນີ້ແມ່ນໄດ້ຈັດຂື້ນຢູ່ຫ້ອງການຂອງ  VFI ແລະ ໄດ້ມີການນໍາສະເໜີກ່ຽວກັບ ເຄື່ອງມືສື່ສານ ແລະ ປຶກສາຫາລືຊຸມຊົນໃນຂະບວນການຈັດຫາທີ່ດິນ ທີ່ສອດຄ້ອງກັບມາດຖານຂອງ FPIC. ບັນດາກິດຈະກຳ ແລະ ເຄື່ອງມື່ແມ່ນເກີດມາຈາກການຮ່ວມມືກັນ ກັບອົງການຈັດຕັ້ງທາງສັງຄົມ ແລະ  ບັນດາ ບໍລິສັດຕ່າງໆ (ພາກສວ່ນເອກກະຊົນ) ເຊິ່ງນຳພາໂດຍ ບ້ານຈຸດສຸມສາກົນ  (VFI), ບໍລິສັດ ສະຕໍຣາ ເອັນໂຊ ລາວ, ຫ້ອງການ RECOFTC ປະຈຳລາວ, ໂຄງການ LIFE ທີ່ໄດ້ຮັບການສະໜັບສະໜູນ ໂດຍ ອົງການ MRLG. ໃນກອງປະຊຸມນີ້ ຍັງໄດ້ເປີດໂອກາດໃຫ້ຜູ້ເຂົ້າຮ່ວມໃນການຖາມ ຄຳຖາມ ແລະ ໂອ້ລົມແລກປ່ຽນນຳກັນກ່ຽວກັບວຽກງານດັ່ງກ່າວ.

ທີມງານຈາກຫ້ອງການ VFI and RECOFTC ປະຈຳລາວ ກຳລັງສະຫຼຸບຜົນງານຂອງການປະຕິບັດໂຄງການ QDF, ວັນທີ 28 ເດືອນ ເມສາ ປີ 2017

ທີມງານຈາກຫ້ອງການ VFI and RECOFTC ປະຈຳລາວ ກຳລັງສະຫຼຸບຜົນງານຂອງການປະຕິບັດໂຄງການ QDF, ວັນທີ 28 ເດືອນ ເມສາ ປີ 2017

ປະເດັນຫຼັກໆໃນການນຳສະເໜີໃນກອປະຊຸມນີ້ກໍ່ຄື ການນຳໃຊ້ບັນດາເຄື່ອງມືການສື່ສານໃນການໃຫ້ຄຳປຶກສາຫາລື ທີ່ທາງທີມງານໄດ້ຜະລິດຂື້ນມາເພື່ອ ນຳໃຊ້ເຂົ້າໃນການອະທີບາຍຂະບວນການກ່ຽວກັບການຈັດຫາທີ່ດິນໃຫ້ແກ່ຊາວບ້ານໃຫ້ມີຄວາມເຂົ້າໃຈກ່ຽວກັບຂະບວນການຫຼາຍຂື້ນ ໂດຍສະເພາະແມ່ນ ການນຳໃຊ້ ໂປສເຕີ ແລະ ວິດີໂອ ທີ່ໄດ້ນຳໃຊ້ເຂົ້າໃນການຝຶກອົບຮົມ ຂອງທີມງານ ກັບ ຊາວບ້ານ.

ໂດຍລວມແລ້ວກິດຈະກຳທີ່ໄດ້ຈັດຂື້ນແມ່ນ ເປັນກໍລະນີສຶກສາ ເຖິງການເອົາໃຈໃສ່ ແລະ ຄວາມຈິງໃຈຂອງການເຮັດວຽກຮ່ວມກັນລະຫວ່າງ ບໍລິສັດ ແລະ ບັນດາບ້ານ.

Final wrap up and showcase meeting of QDF project

By Admin

On 28 April, 2017, Village Focus International (VFI) organized the QDF (Quick Disbursement Fund) project Wrap-up and showcase workshop. The meeting was organized in outdoor zone of Village Focus International office, and presented about the consultation communication tools for improving Land Acquisition Processes in line with FPIC (Free Prior and Informed Consent) standards that was a joint effort between different civil society organisations and an agro-forestry company, and was led by VFI, Stora Enso Laos (SEL), RECOFTC Laos, LIFE Consortium. The project was supported by Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) project. In this meeting also opened space for attendee to discuss and ask questions to the team from VFI, RECOFTC Laos and representative from agro-forestry project, Stora Enso Laos.

Chinese company to build modern agricultural industrial park in Laos

Source: Xinhua, 26/4/2017
VIENTIANE, April 26 (Xinhua) — Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s Xuanye (Lao) Co., Ltd/AVIC International Beijing Co., Ltd on a modern agricultural industrial park project in Laos.
The agricultural industrial park will serve as a supporting project to the under-construction China-Laos railway, building a regional center of agricultural products trading, warehousing and logistics hub platform.
Speaking at the signing ceremony on Tuesday, Lao Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Lien Thikeo said since the launching of the Chinese-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, many Chinese enterprises have come to invest in Laos with constructive proposals, providing new impetus and direction of development to Laos to turn the country from a land-locked to a land-linked country.
The ministry is expected to cooperate with Xuanye to build a demonstration of modern agricultural industrial park in Laos, with the construction of the China-Laos railway to deepen bilateral trade cooperation and accelerate the transformation of Lao agricultural sector.
Previously, local government of Lao central Savannakhet province signed an agreement with Xuanye on a 2,000-hectare plantation demonstration.
After over two years, the demonstrative plantation zone is helping export Lao rice to China, and through the implementation of Chinese standards and technology, the farmers are changing the habit of slash-and-burn cultivation with low yield while maintaining the “green and organic” characteristics of Lao rice.
Chairman of Xuanye (Lao) Co., Ltd Xu Guowu said that the Belt and Road Initiative has refreshed the China-Laos cooperation with a new international cooperation platform, helping many developing and under-developed countries to enter the “fast lane” of development.
Both sides will conduct research later mainly on China’s agricultural technology and its market demand for Laos’ organic eco-agricultural products, technology innovation cooperation in Laos.

Xayaboury to Halt Banana Plantations mid This Year

The northern province of Xayaboury has decided that as of mid-this year, no more Chinese investments in banana plantations will be allowed. Currently, there are over 520 ha of banana plantations in the province.

Chinese banana plantation investments are suspected as the cause of several problems including the over-use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides which have failed to comply with required standards, thus affecting local communities and the environment.

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