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Government increases the number of rice bowls to 10

KPL, 3 October 2014

The government has added eight more provinces to its list of main rice bowls in the country increasing rice farmland to 800,000 ha from previously 600,000 ha. With the addition of eight provinces to the list of main rice bowls by the government, there are 10 provinces across the country where rice farming is a priority. These include Khammuan, Savannakhet , Saravan, Champassak, Borikhamxay, Vientiane, Vientiane Capital, Bokeo, Xayaboury and Luang Namtha.

Planting campaign to conserve mountain’s abundant forest

Vientiane Times, 2 June 2014

Hundreds of people joined in planting trees to conserve forest in Vientiane’s Sangthong district, which covers part of the Phouphanang National Protected Area. District Governor Mr B ounthieng Khounsy led officials from Vientiane’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, local police, military forces, local residents and students in planting around 2,000 native saplings on around two hectares of land on Lanmanh Hill near Samphanna village.

Xayaboury executes mass timber factory closure to save forests

Vientiane Times, 22 May 2014

Xayaboury provincial authorities have ordered many wood factories to stop their businesses for operating illegally, amidst a shortage of young trees and saplings. The Director of Xayaboury State inspection organisation Department, Mr Bounta Inthavong spoke to Vientiane Times yesterday on the situation with the timber trade in the province and how authorities planned to address it.

Protect forests, DPM tells Xayaboury officials

Vientiane Times, 25 September 2013

Deputy Prime Minister in charge of social and cultural affairs, Mr Asang Laoly, has asked Xayaboury provincial authorities to suppress any activity that harms or degrades protected and preserved forest areas.

The deputy prime minister’s instruction was the latest made to the province after a report emerged that forests there had been degraded by illegal logging over many years. During an earlier visit to Xayaboury, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong also asked local authorities to focus on reforestation after learning forested areas had dwindled due to illegal logging and slash and burn cultivation.Mr Asang, on a working visit to the northern province from September 22-23, told provincial and district authorities to take positive action to thoroughly investigate and address issues regarding logging, according to official sources from the Government Office.

National Assembly monitors land issues in Xayaboury

Vientiane Times, 26 Feb, 2013

The National Assembly’s Economic, Planning and Finance Committee Chairperson, Dr Souvanpheng Bouphanouvong, recently visited Xayaboury province to investigate land issues there. The visit covered the implementation of the Law on Land, land use and management, land administration and development, land rights identification and registration, the issuing of land title deeds, land arrangements for local people, land compensation in development projects, and mechanisms for solving land disputes.

The visit was also necessary to collect basic information to formulate the national land policy, which will be included on the agenda of the National Assembly’s next ordinary session.

Xayaboury farmers switching from sweetcorn to cassava

Vientiane Times, February 8, 2012

Farmers in Xayaboury province may reduce the amount of sweetcorn they grow for export this year and grow cassava instead to supply a nearby processing plant. Provincial authorities expect that sweetcorn growers will make the switch to cassava in the upcoming wet season, saying that cassava is likely to prove more profitable.

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