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Posts Tagged ‘Bolaven Plateau’

Foreign companies search for bauxite in southern Laos

Vientiane Times, 24 July 2014

Companies from China, Japan, Vietnam and Laos are in the process of conducting potential studies for bauxite exploration in the Bolaven plateau of southern Laos triggered by the high potential for the mineral in the region. The companies aim to identify the exact amount of bauxite in the plateau and whether the quality of the mining can meet their expectations before other investment processes can take place including feasibility studies and project development.

Govt takes action to preserve prime agricultural land

Vientiane Times, 23 July 2014

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is committed to putting stronger measures in place to conserve agricultural lands, notably those located nears dams, weirs and along irrigation channels. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Mr Vilayvanh Phomkhe was responding to a question raised by National Assembly (NA) members at the ongoing NA session recently.

NA members found that many hectares of agricultural land have been converted into other classifications, in particular those located nearby irrigation systems. The NA members were concerned that the conversion issue could affect agricultural production and food security in Laos.

Bolaven coffee farms to be protected

Vientiane Times, 19 March 2014

Coffee plantation areas on the Bolaven Plateau in the southern province of Champassak are expected to be better protected after the government approved a national strategy to promote coffee as a competitive crop.

President of the Lao Coffee Association, Mr Sinouk Sisombath said last week that he was among the people who played an important role in pushing for the nation’s coffee development strategy to improve its competitiveness.

Deputy PM visits Champassak agricultural project

Vientiane Times, 7 August,  2013

Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad visited Champassak province recently to encourage local people to boost their productivity and grow crops for commercial sale and export. The Deputy PM was welcomed by Champassak Provincial Governor Sonexay Siphandone and other officials before visiting a number of agricultural production projects in the region.

Govt needs time to put brakes on land concessions

Vientiane Times, June 1, 2012

The government plans to suspend land concessions but it will take some time to put this into effect, a senior official from the Ministry of Planning and Investment has said. “We have sent the draft of a prime ministerial decree on suspending land concessions to the cabinet for consideration and approval. We won’t be able to stop granting land concessions until the prime minister signs the decree,” Dr Kikeo Chanthabouly told Vientiane Times on Wednesday.

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