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Agricultural land to be preserved for food security

Vientiane Times, 15 September 2014


The government has formulated a strategy to preserve 4.5 million hectares of prime agricultural land by 2020 in the interests of food security and the growth of the processing industry. The figure will include 2.5 million hectares of rice plantations, 1.6 million hectares for cash crops and about 0.8 million hectares for livestock raising, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The agricultural land currently under crop cultivation and livestock operations within the country was almost two million hectares, the ministry’s Office Deputy Head, Mr Sousath Xayakoummane, told Vientiane Times last week. Laos would be at risk of future food insecurity if the country did not properly preserve enough of its prime agricultural land, Mr  Sousath warned.

Policy makers define clear land use areas

Vientiane Times, 31 July, 2013

Up to 4.5 million hectares of land or 19 percent of the country’s total area is earmarked to be set aside for agricultural production in order to secure food for the country’s population under a draft National Land Policy. The draft, still under development, was tabled at the fifth ordinary session of the National Assembly’s Seventh Legislature, which closed on Friday. The policy will be put out for public comment before being resubmitted to parliament for debate and eventual approval at a later date.

Investors call for clearer ruling on land change fee

Vientiane Time, January 24, 2012

Agroup of Japanese investors has urged the government to make clearer its ruling on the change of land classification fee to ensure it is effective and just.The investors want the government to amend Presidential Decree No. 03 on state service fees, particularly regarding the fee for changing land classification from agricultural land to industrial land.

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