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Agricultural land to be preserved for food security

Vientiane Times, 15 September 2014


The government has formulated a strategy to preserve 4.5 million hectares of prime agricultural land by 2020 in the interests of food security and the growth of the processing industry. The figure will include 2.5 million hectares of rice plantations, 1.6 million hectares for cash crops and about 0.8 million hectares for livestock raising, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The agricultural land currently under crop cultivation and livestock operations within the country was almost two million hectares, the ministry’s Office Deputy Head, Mr Sousath Xayakoummane, told Vientiane Times last week. Laos would be at risk of future food insecurity if the country did not properly preserve enough of its prime agricultural land, Mr  Sousath warned.

Lao farmers need no ‘magic’ to adapt to climate change

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/24 September 2013)

The sky is still dark when 48-year old Ms Kham Phanyavong leaves her house at 3:30 AM on Saturday. She has to be at That Luang organic market before the customers arrive. She pays 40,000 kip to transport four baskets of vegetables from Nontae village in Xaythany district here. In her baskets are long beans, onions, morning glory, cucumber, papaya and carrots, all from her garden.

Earning four million kip a month, cash comes in regularly from selling vegetables and not from her two rai (0.32 hectare) of rice farm.

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.

Organic farming to increase Savannakhet farmers’ incomes

Vientiane Times, 24 July,  2013

The Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Productivity Enhancement Project is encouraging farmers in southern provinces to grow organic vegetables for commercial sale to boost their household incomes. However, some farmers still have a lack of education to manage pests, insects and techniques to treat their vegetables and other crops if pests become a problem.

Farmers’ groups help ensure fairness for rubber families

Vientiane Times, 4 July, 2013

Rubber growers in Luang Namtha province will receive more benefits from selling their rubber products after the province recently began to implement a policy on establishing farmers’ groups, as well as registering middlemen and purchasing companies. The policy will make it easier for the provincial industry and commerce sector to manage rubber trading within the province, an Industry and Commerce Department official, Mr Faeng Souriyacheualui told Vientiane Times yesterday.

Phongsaly rubber farmers seek buyers

Vientiane Times, 9 May, 2013

Rubber farmers in Phongsaly province are looking for buyers for their raw rubber after hundreds of kilogrammes they attempted to trade across the Chinese border were seized by Chinese customs officials. Rubber trees planted by farmers in several districts are now ready for harvesting but no company has come forward with a purchase order.

The farmers’ raw rubber were seized by Chinese customs officials at the border because the country has no set quota for rubber imports, provincial forestry section Head Mr Nayphet Boupha told Vientiane Times yesterday.

Demand for organic produce outstripping supply

Vientiane Times, 29 April, 2013

Authorities are encouraging vegetable growers in Vientiane to grow more organic produce for sale at the twice-weekly market on the That Luang esplanade, to ensure consumers eat healthily. These days many people in Vientiane are recognising the benefits of organic food. Eating vegetables that have been organically grown is better for your health because they are free from potentially harmful chemicals.

Farmers can get higher prices by forming groups: study

Vientiane Times, Sept 24, 2012.

Farmers should form groups if they want to gain more power to negotiate the sale price of their products, a case study has revealed. A study on vegetable markets in Khoun district, Xieng Khuang province, undertaken by the National Agriculture and Forestry Institute found that vegetable growers in Nhoun village were able to sell their crops for higher prices after forming groups.

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.

Cooperation between Lao farmers needed to meet market demands for food

CIFOR, February 22, 2012

A recent report by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) urges farmers in Lao People’s Democratic Republic to form cooperatives to help meet market demands as the country transitions from practicing subsistence to commercial agriculture. “Farmers’ cooperatives are the missing link to enable family-based farming enterprises, which are active but not well organized, to respond to increasing market demand for quality products,” said Jean-Christophe Castella, a scientist with CIFOR and France’s Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and lead author of Managing the transition from farmers’ groups to agricultural cooperatives in Lao PDR.

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