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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.

Bokeo Governor imposes ban on expansion of banana farms

By Phetsamone

(KPL) The Governor of Bokeo Province Khamphanh Pheuyavong has imposed a ban on the further expansion of banana plantations invested in by foreign investors in the province. The area of banana plantation investments by foreign companies currently stands at over 10,000 ha.  “Impacts on the environment and nearby communities partly results from the fact that relevant government authorities failed to carry out proper management and monitoring of the issue. As a result, chemical fertilizers and harmful herbicides and pesticides have been used by foreign investors,” said Governor Khamphanh Pheuyavong.

Dangerous herbicide use found in Bokeo banana farms

Vientiane Times, 30 July 2014

The authorities are concerned about the herbicide used at Chinese operated banana farms in Bokeo province, fearing that overuse of chemical substances will impact people’s health and the environment. Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Land Administration Department Mr Anothai Chanthalasy said Chinese companies directly rented land areas from villagers without approval from the authorities.

Oudomxay bans banana projects

Growing bananas under a contract farming arrangement with a Chinese company. Photo from Phongsaly Province (2012).

Vientiane Times, 1 May, 2013

Oudomxay provincial authorities will not issue new investment licenses for the plantation of bananas for export. The decision to impose the ban has been made after banana growing has caused negative impacts to the environment and a reduction in rice production in the province.

Deputy Head of the Provincial Agriculture and Foresty Department Mr Souvik Chanthayod told the Vientiane Timesthis week that the provincial authority has already banned new banana investment projects for two years.

Luang Namtha warns against growing bananas on irrigated land

Vientiane Times, March 15, 2012

Luang Namtha provincial authorities have directed the agriculture and forestry sector to advise farmers not to expand their banana fields into irrigated areas, which are needed for rice cultivation. “In Long district, more than 100 hectares of banana trees have been planted in irrigated areas,” provincial Agriculture and Forestry Department official Mr Thouang Nambongsa told Vientiane Times yesterday. “Bananas require a long time to mature before they can be harvested, whereas rice can be harvested within just three months,” he added.

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