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Rubber price fails to bounce for Lao growers

Vientiane Times, 22 May 2014

Lao authorities are helpless to assist rubber growers after the constant drop in rubber prices in recent years with the trend continuing. Thousands of hectares of rubber trees in the northern provinces are ready to be tapped, however prices are still decreasing.

A Luang Namtha provincial official Mr Sawaeng Sivilay, who is involved in rubber trading, told Vientiane Times yesterday that the major reasons for the decrease were due to the price of rubber on the world market remaining low and the limited quota of product imported by China.

New factory to put bounce in Luang Namtha rubber production

Vientiane Times, 20 May 2014

Sing district, Luang Namtha province will soon have its second rubber processing factory, after Chinese investor Zinli Company agreed to spend 24 billion kip building a facility with a three hectare land concession. A rubber tree in Luang Namtha province is tapped for latex.

An agreement was signed last week between Director of the provincial Planning and Investment Department Mr Xayphone Khounsiriheuang and the company’s Deputy Director Mr Wang Zinli. The ceremony was attended by the provincial Deputy Governor, Mr Phanthong Phithoumma, along with local authorities and company representatives.

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.

Rubber growers struggle with volatile Chinese market

Vientiane Times, 25 Nov 2013

Rubber growers in northern Laos are struggling to get a fair price for their product on the volatile Chinese export market, with no bilateral agreement between the two countries to ensure stability. Most raw rubber produced in northern Laos is exported to China because of the proximity of the border.

Some Chinese traders are flouting the new regulation by importing illegally across parts of the border that are not well monitored.But recently the Chinese government imposed a quota on five companies that buy Lao rubber limiting them to an import of 2,000 tonnes per year from Luang Namtha province, the provincial Industry and Commerce Department Director, Mr Phonxay Chanthasone, told Vientiane Times last week.

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.

Low rubber revenues in Luang Namtha hurting local farmers

Vientiane Times, Sept 7, 2012.

Luang Namtha provincial authorities are tackling the issue of falling rubber prices after growers have been hit by consistently low prices for several months this year. A decline in the rubber price on the world market and an oversupply of raw rubber in Luang Namtha has seen traders offering considerably lower prices than usual, according to the provincial Industry and Commerce Department.

Regional contract-farming deal secures rubber market

Vientiane Times, April 10, 2012

A contract-farming pact was signed recently between five countries, with China set to purchase large quantities of rubber from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. Harvesting is underway on some rubber plantations in Laos, with more expected in the years to come. The agreement will provide greater certainty in the rubber market with China set to buy 500,000 tonnes of smoked rubber and rubber sheets from the four countries, worth more than 14,000 billion kip (about 56.8 billion baht), Thailand’s The Nation newspaper reported.

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.

Local labour needed to tap rubber profits

Vientiane Times, January 3, 2011

Luang Namtha province needs to train or recruit a large number of workers with the necessary skills to tap rubber trees, with more than 29,000 hectares of rubber now under cultivation in the province. About 10,000 hectares are fully grown and now ready to harvest, while the rest of the trees will mature between 2015 and 2020, according to the provincial Labour and Social Welfare Department.  To work the entire 29,000 hectares they will require about 50,000 workers to tap the rubber and carry out other associated tasks, but currently there is a shortage of people with the necessary skills, department official Ms Lathana Phommachan told Vientiane Times on Thursday.

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