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Research team proposes better banana plantation management

Vientiane Times, April 4, 2016.

An agricultural research team has called for the government to formulate and enforce policies and measures to manage banana plantation investments in Laos after they were shown to have negative impacts on society and the environment. The team from the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) and the National University of Laos recently conducted a study on banana plantations, supported by various international organisations. Its recommendations include the formulation of appropriate market policies in order to avoid the risks of failing prices and policy implementation for the proper enforcement of environmental laws.

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.

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.

NAFRI publishes a series of Policy Briefs on agriculture and NR management

NAFRI, January 27, 2012

NAFRI provides a new series of Policy Briefs based on their experiences in the field. The idea is to provide short, informative analysis on some of the most pressing issues related to agriculture and natural resource management that the Lao PDR faces. The Policy Brief series provides readers with concrete options and solutions for dealing with identified issues. The Policy Brief series is available in Lao and English languages on the NAFRI website.

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.

Laos aims for further sustainable rattan certification

Vientiane Times, November 10, 2011

Laos plans to increase the land area certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for sustainable rattan production to boost the income of local families. Laos is first country in the world to have received FSC forest management certification on rattan products as part of the ‘Establishing a Sustainable Production System for Rattan Products Project’. The project carried out in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia aims to establish a sustainable rattan industry by introducing cleaner production and a credible chain-of-custody certification for raw rattan, as well as the establishment of a link to the European market.

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