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Borikhamxay limits cassava land to preserve forest areas

Vientiane Times, February 14, 2015

The extent of Cassava plantations in Borikhamxay province has shrunk after the provincial authorities stepped in to prevent expansion. The total area in the province devoted to growing cassava during the 2013/14 season of 13,770 hectares has dropped to about 10,860 hectares in 2014/15 according to the provincial agriculture section. Farmers cut back on the amount of cassava planted as the quality of the soil in some areas went down, section head Mr Keosa Saengvong told Vientiane Times this week. Most of the farmers are not familiar with the techniques required to raise the quality of the soil. Many hectares of forest had been taken over by local farmers for growing cassava, he said.

Rubber export revenue rises despite persistent low prices

Vientiane Times, 28 November 2014

The country’s income from the export of rubber products increased substantially this year despite the crisis in rubber pricing in the world market. In the last fiscal year the country earned about US$96.7 million from rubber exports to China, Vietnam and Thailand, of which only US$37 million had come in the first six months according to the Agriculture Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.The price of rubber in the country has currently dropped to just over 4,000 kip, while varying between 7,000 and 8,000 kip at beginning of the year. After the number of rubber trees that were mature enough to tap had increased substantially, rubber went to the top of the list of Lao agricultural exports as the highest revenue earner.

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.

New cassava grower puts down roots in Savannakhet

Vientiane Times, May 29, 2012

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has awarded a land concession to a Chinese agricultural investor, Henan Tianguan Enterprise Co Ltd, to grow cassava for export to China and Thailand. The cassava will be cultivated on an area of more than 1,000 hectares in Phalanxay district, Savannakhet province. The state land concession agreement was signed in Vientiane on Friday between the ministry and Henan Tianguan Enterprise Co Ltd, in the presence of authorities from the ministries of Planning and Investment and Agriculture and Forestry. A ministry official said the government had agreed to the concession, which would run for 20 years. Company Manager Mr Zeng Xianli said “We are spending about 40 billion kip (US$5 million) on the project. We plan to plant cassava on an area of 1,005 hectares in fiscal year 2013-14.” The company also plans to encourage local people to grow cassava on an area of 550 hectares in fiscal year 2014-15. “We expect to employ over 200 people,” Mr Zeng said.

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.

Tapioca maker sees sharp increase in cassava supply

Vientiane Times, February 13, 2012

The Lao Indochina Group Public Company Tapioca Factory expects cassava plantations and the number of its member farmers to increase by up to three times its initial target for this year. “I’ve talked to farmers and each seems to have expanded their fields by about one or two times,” company Chairman Mr Sengmaly Sengvatthana said at a press conference in Vientiane on Friday.

Xayaboury farmers switching from sweetcorn to cassava

Vientiane Times, February 8, 2012

Farmers in Xayaboury province may reduce the amount of sweetcorn they grow for export this year and grow cassava instead to supply a nearby processing plant. Provincial authorities expect that sweetcorn growers will make the switch to cassava in the upcoming wet season, saying that cassava is likely to prove more profitable.

Saravan limits land concessions for agriculture

Vientiane Times, January 9, 2012

Saravan province has agreed to allow domestic and foreign investors to set up projects under the ‘two plus three’ system, which does not involve land concessions and is of direct benefit to farmers. Under this system, the investor provides funding, materials and technical support to farmers, who provide the land and labour required, provincial Agriculture and Forestry Department Deputy Director Mr Thongdy Chanthavong explained recently.

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