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Xayaboury Suspends Banana Farms

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

http://kpl.gov.la/En/Detail.aspx?id=24794

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.

Xayaboury bans further investment in banana farms

Vientiane Times, October 22, 2015.

Xayaboury province will impose restrictions on banana farms following reports which suggested that farms in several provinces had used harmful chemicals which leaked into the soil and threatened local livelihoods. Governor of the northwestern province, Mr Phongsavanh Sitthavong, recently informed the media that Xayaboury would allow only companies that had already been granted a concession to plant bananas on approved areas. New investments or the expansion of existing plantations will not be allowed.

Locals encroach on Bokeo forest conservation area

Vientiane Times, February 09, 2015

The National Forest Conservation Area in Nam Kan, Bokeo province, is suffering from encroachment by local people and business operators who fell trees and hunt wildlife there, with local authorities unable to control these activities. In an article published in the Lao Economic Daily Newspaper on February 6, reporters said they had investigated this problem a few years ago. At that time they had reported on use of the conservation area for slash and burn cultivation, logging and hunting.

Government increases the number of rice bowls to 10

KPL, 3 October 2014

The government has added eight more provinces to its list of main rice bowls in the country increasing rice farmland to 800,000 ha from previously 600,000 ha. With the addition of eight provinces to the list of main rice bowls by the government, there are 10 provinces across the country where rice farming is a priority. These include Khammuan, Savannakhet , Saravan, Champassak, Borikhamxay, Vientiane, Vientiane Capital, Bokeo, Xayaboury and Luang Namtha.

Official: villagers given compensation in line with regulations

Vientiane Times, 29 August 2014

Villagers whose land was used to build a casino and airport in the northwestern province of Bokeo have been awarded full compensation in accordance with the government’s policy, senior government officials have confirmed. Deputy Director General of the Land Administration Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Anothai Chanthalasy made the comment at a press conference held recently at the National Assembly after the issue was raised through the telephone hotline set up during the Assembly’s ordinary session.

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.

Changes to Golden Triangle SEZ agreement proposed

Vientiane Times, 30 April 2014

Government officials and Chinese developers met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss draft amendments to the agreement on the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Bokeo province. The move comes after the two sides found the previous agreement was inappropriate and did not reflect the current situation of the country. Both sides wanted to revise the agreement to ensure that it was fair to the government, the developers and local people.

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