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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.

Govt may lift ban on mining, land concessions ahead of schedule

Vientiane Times, 10 June 2014

The government may revoke a suspension and resume the approval of new investment proposals in mining or land concessions for rubber and eucalyptus plantations as part of efforts to boost growth over the next two years, although in a more limited capacity than before the ban.

The government has realised it may not be able to maintain a blanket ban on all approvals and will instead proceed more cautiously by carrying out proper strategic forecasts, an official from the Ministry of Planning and Investment has said.

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.

Rubber tapping launched in Savannakhet

Vientiane Times, 8 May 2014

The Quasa Geruco Joint Venture Company from Vietnam, who has been supervising the project since 2007, has begun tapping its rubber trees in Savannakhet province. A rubber tapping ceremony was organised yesterday at the company’s plantation in Veunhongkham village, Phin district in Savannakhet province.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Somsavat Lengsavad, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Vilayvanh Phomkhe, the Minister of Natural Resource and Environment, Mr Nourin Sinbandith, Savannakhet provincial Governor Dr Souphanh Keomixay, Vietnamese government officials, provincial authorities and company representatives attended the ceremony.

Vietnamese companies eye rubber-processing in Oudomxay

Vientiane Times, 23 April 2014

A Vietnamese company has shown interest in building a rubber processing factory in Oudomxay province despite high competition from Chinese investors. The Provincial Planning and Investment Department’s investment promotion section Deputy Head, Ms Maly Panyasith told Vientiane Times on Monday that the company had proposed the idea to provincial authorities however it has yet to begin any operations.

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.

Economists warn Laos on rubber

*Vientiane Times, 3 Oct 2013*

Economists are warning that establishing more rubber plantations will not only harm the environment but also affect long-term food security in Laos.

A senior economist from the National Economic Research Institute, Dr Leeber Leebouapao, told Vientiane Times on Monday there was an oversupply of rubber on the global market, causing the price to fall.

“We should stop planting rubber trees and use our land to grow other crops to ensure food security,” he added.

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.

Protected areas under threat

Vientiane Times, 28 May, 2013

Phouphanang and Phoukhaokhuay National Protected Areas are under serious threat from deforestation and encroachment by rubber plantations and commercial crops, according to a forestry expert. High demand for timber and land to farm have forced people to intrude into the protected areas despite knowing that it is against the law.

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