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Survey, land use plan needed to avoid land disputes

Vientiane Times, 11 August 2014

A ministry has pledged to undertake surveys and draw up land use plans before land lease and concession approvals in order to avoid land disputes. Director General of the Land Administration Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Mr Siphandone Sihavong made the comment at a two-day workshop that ended last Friday in Vientiane.

Govt aims to deal with land disputes

Vientiane Times, 8 August 2014

Policy developers are exploring ways to deal with land disputes and precautionary measures to prevent issues from arising in the wake of land leases and concessions for investment projects. Representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Planning and Investment and their provincial departments along with officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs met yesterday in Vientiane to discuss possible solutions.

Experts from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) were invited to share lessons on various land-related topics including economic appraisal techniques for state land concessions and leases, as well as social and gender risk assessment for state land concessions and leases.

Enormous unlocked rice growing potential

Vientiane Times, 1 July, 2013

Laos could expand its rice cultivation area to 2 million hectares capable of producing 8-10 million tonnes of rice per year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Under current government targets, farmers are encouraged to plant 960,000 hectares of rice – of which 76 percent are wet season varieties – to produce about 3.4 million tonnes.

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