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Xayaboury Suspends Banana Farms

Source: Lao News Agency (KPL), 26/5/2017

Phouthong Sivongsa

(KPL) ‘Xayaboury authorities have permanently suspended plantations of aroma bananas totally sized more than 360 ha, and plan to grow alternative cash crops to replace banana farming.’

The Planning and Cooperation Division under the Xayaboury Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Department told local media on May 24 that the Xayaboury Governor issued an order suspending aroma banana farming and banning further expansion of banana farms last year.

Northern provinces hit by extreme cold snap

Vientiane Times, January 26, 2016.

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.

Phongsaly to increase tea processing capacity

Vientiane Times, 1 May, 2013

Investors from neighbouring China plan to pour more capital into developing a new tea processing plant in Laos’ northernmost province of Phongsaly, aiming to process good quality tea for export to China. The Phongsaly Provincial Governor Mr Khamjane Vongphosy delivered a report about the plan during the government’s four-day open meeting that closed in Vientiane recently.

Deputy PM advises Phongsaly to stop deforestation

Vientiane Times, 26 Feb, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad has directed Phongsaly provincial authorities to crack down on deforestation and to stop granting large land concessions to foreign investors. Mr Somsavat issued the advice while on a recent visit to Phongsaly province, saying the authorities need to bring an end to the establishment of rubber plantations after it was found the area under cultivation has risen to 17,000 hectares.

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