Vientiane Times, March 12, 2018
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Source: Xinhua, 26/4/2017
VIENTIANE, April 26 (Xinhua) — Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s Xuanye (Lao) Co., Ltd/AVIC International Beijing Co., Ltd on a modern agricultural industrial park project in Laos.
The agricultural industrial park will serve as a supporting project to the under-construction China-Laos railway, building a regional center of agricultural products trading, warehousing and logistics hub platform.
Speaking at the signing ceremony on Tuesday, Lao Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Lien Thikeo said since the launching of the Chinese-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, many Chinese enterprises have come to invest in Laos with constructive proposals, providing new impetus and direction of development to Laos to turn the country from a land-locked to a land-linked country.
The ministry is expected to cooperate with Xuanye to build a demonstration of modern agricultural industrial park in Laos, with the construction of the China-Laos railway to deepen bilateral trade cooperation and accelerate the transformation of Lao agricultural sector.
Previously, local government of Lao central Savannakhet province signed an agreement with Xuanye on a 2,000-hectare plantation demonstration.
After over two years, the demonstrative plantation zone is helping export Lao rice to China, and through the implementation of Chinese standards and technology, the farmers are changing the habit of slash-and-burn cultivation with low yield while maintaining the “green and organic” characteristics of Lao rice.
Chairman of Xuanye (Lao) Co., Ltd Xu Guowu said that the Belt and Road Initiative has refreshed the China-Laos cooperation with a new international cooperation platform, helping many developing and under-developed countries to enter the “fast lane” of development.
Both sides will conduct research later mainly on China’s agricultural technology and its market demand for Laos’ organic eco-agricultural products, technology innovation cooperation in Laos.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will this year closely monitor domestic and foreign investment in this sector as it believes that many companies have not implemented the agreements made or complied with stipulated feasibility study methods.The ministry will strictly apply management measures to investors and companies that have made no progress with their proposed projects or had an adverse impact on local communities and the environment.However, the ministry has not revealed the numbers and names of the companies concerned, the ministry reported at its annual meeting in Vientiane at the end of last year.Last year, 733 domestic and foreign companies agreed to invest in the agriculture and forestry sector in Laos with total investment of US$3.55 billion while US$1.74 billion of registered funding was allocated to land concessions on about 467,980 hectares.
Some 107 companies invested in livestock projects with funding of US$338.88 million, 345 companies invested in agriculture with funding of about US$1.22 billion, 232 companies invested in tree plantations with funding of about US$1.96 billion, and 49 companies ploughed US$34 million into service sector projects.
Vientiane Times, 12 Dec 2014
Laos plans to produce about 5 million tonnes of rice by 2020 to ensure food security in the country. Throughout the past 39 years, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has spent a lot of its budget investing in the generation of food produce as a means of creating food security in the country.
The government has focused on rice as the priority food of the nation, encouraging farmers to grow different types of cash crops, livestock development and fish breeding according to ministry reports.
Vientiane Times, 06 Dec 2014
The price of rubber in Laos will continue to suffer as the country has not yet established a national committee for management of the commodity or an association for price negotiation. The major regional markets still depend on Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia because these countries have large numbers of rubber plantations and so regional pricing is largely based on them, the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute Director, Dr. Bounthong Bouahom told Vientiane Times yesterday.
The Department of Forest Inspection, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), and the European Union (EU) recently held talks on the process of defining timber legality under the FLEGT process. The Lao government has entered into a Voluntary Partnership Agreement for FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade), with the latest talks centring on certifying timber legality to ensure a sustainable supply of raw materials for the wood industries as well as promoting sustainable forest management.
The rising cost of agricultural inputs, natural disasters due to climate change and the lack of access to markets have posed great challenges for family and smallholder farmers in Laos as they strive to make a living, officials and experts have agreed. Speaking at a ceremony last week in Xieng Khuang province to mark the World Food Day 2014, representatives of the government and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) shared the common concerns about the challenges faced by farmers in Laos. High-level representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Xieng Khuang province and the FAO were present to celebrate the event, which this year was dedicated to the ‘Farming Family’, according to the a press release from the FAO.
Vientiane Times, 9 Oct 2014
In the first six months of this year rubber reached the top of the list of Lao agricultural exports as the highest revenue earner after the number of rubber trees mature enough to tap increased substantially. The country exported about 16,650 tonnes of unfinished and raw rubber products to China, Vietnam and Thailand and received almost US$37 million according to an official Agriculture Department report. Other major agricultural export earners were sweetcorn, 186,000 tonnes worth US$36 million; coffee, over 7,000 tonnnes worth almost US$16 million and cassava, 50,000 tonnes worth about US$12 million.
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.