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Forest cover goal possible if managed properly

Vientiane Times, 22 July 2014

The goal of increasing forest cover to 70 percent of the country by 2020 will be possible if action is taken to manage and protect forests. Director General of the Department of Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Thongphath Vongmany, said last week that if proper action was taken to manage the forests and the damaged forests were recovered, then Laos would be able to surpass their target of 70 percent.

Public concerned Lao forests will be left with no big trees

Vientiane Times, 22 May 2014

People are seeing scores of wood trucks on the roads every day in some parts of the country, prompting concerns that Lao’s forests may soon be stripped of all big trees. Most of the trucks look overloaded and some do not display number plates, leading to suspicions of illegal timber trading.

“Logging is not taking place in all the woodlands of the country as the public think,” Deputy Director of the Forestry Department Mr Thong-eth Phayvanh told Vientiane Times on Wednesday. The wood trucks people are seeing may be carrying timber harvested between 2011 and 2013, not wood cut this year. He said the wood may also have been cleared from areas being developed into hydropower dams or crop plantations.

Reaching forest cover target ‘a challenging task’: minister says

Vientiane Times, 14 May 2014

Increasing forest cover to 65 percent of the country’s entire area by 2015 and further to 70 percent by 2020 will prove challenging even though Laos plants 30,000 hectares of trees each year. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vilayvanh Phomkhe, made the observation recently, noting that satellite data puts current forest cover at just over 50 percent of Laos’s total area, which the minister said was still low.

Reaching forest cover target ‘a challenging task’: minister says

Vientiane Times, 14 May 2014

Increasing forest cover to 65 percent of the country’s entire area by 2015 and further to 70 percent by 2020 will prove challenging even though Laos plants 30,000 hectares of trees each year. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vilayvanh Phomkhe, made the observation recently, noting that satellite data puts current forest cover at just over 50 percent of Laos’s total area, which the minister said was still low.

Minister vows to speed up forest surveys, rehabilitation efforts

Vientiane Times, 5 May 2014

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry aims to complete a survey on the remaining 780,000 hectares of production forest, the forest allocated for logging, which has yet to be surveyed and assessed by 2015. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Vilayvanh Phomkhe made the announcement recently at a meeting between the government cabinet, the Vientiane Mayor and provincial governors in Vientiane.

The government has approved 51 production forest areas across the country covering about 3.1 million hectares in total. Of these, officials have completed surveys, as well as logging and management plans for an area of more than 2.3 million hectares, the minister told the meeting.

Experts want accurate food security data

Vientiane Times, 22 Oct 2013

Lao and international experts want to improve the accuracy of information related to food security and nutrition to help Laos and other countries reach hunger reduction targets.

Specialists from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss a new project to build statistical capacity around food security to produce better-informed policies.

United Nations Millennium Development Goal Target 1C aims to halve the number of people suffering from hunger across the globe from 1990 to 2015.

Enormous unlocked rice growing potential

Vientiane Times, 1 July, 2013

Laos could expand its rice cultivation area to 2 million hectares capable of producing 8-10 million tonnes of rice per year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Under current government targets, farmers are encouraged to plant 960,000 hectares of rice – of which 76 percent are wet season varieties – to produce about 3.4 million tonnes.

Better management of agricultural land needed

Vientiane Times, 24 Jan 2013

Many people have expressed concern about food security in the coming years, as large tracts of rice fields disappear to make way for property development, especially houses and factories, on the urban fringes. With population growth and increasing economic expansion, greater attention is required in regards to managing agricultural land and ensuring food security, which requires more sophisticated monitoring tools.

PM stresses importance of natural resource management

Vientiane Times, July 23, 2012

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has urged the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to carry out its role, aimed at protecting national interests and solving citizen’s problems. Mr Thongsing addressed the issues when meeting with the ministry’s leaders and civil servants on Thursday to offer his guidance and advice.

Allocate land for commercial cultivation: President

Vientiane Times, June 29, 2012

President Choummaly Sayasone has asked Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry officials to allocate land for cropping so that commercial cultivation can be increased and poverty reduced. To boost the commercial cultivation of crops, he urged ministry leaders to be more responsible in clearly formulating an agriculture development strategy.  “Agriculture and forestry is an important sector contributing to socio- economic development. Most Lao people are farmers and have traditionally been engaged in planting crops and raising livestock,” President Choummaly said at the ministry in Vientiane yesterday. Laos has many areas with potential for agricultural development, especially for crops and livestock, but the ministry has not used it efficiently.

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