Vientiane Times, 15 September 2014
The government has formulated a strategy to preserve 4.5 million hectares of prime agricultural land by 2020 in the interests of food security and the growth of the processing industry. The figure will include 2.5 million hectares of rice plantations, 1.6 million hectares for cash crops and about 0.8 million hectares for livestock raising, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The agricultural land currently under crop cultivation and livestock operations within the country was almost two million hectares, the ministry’s Office Deputy Head, Mr Sousath Xayakoummane, told Vientiane Times last week. Laos would be at risk of future food insecurity if the country did not properly preserve enough of its prime agricultural land, Mr Sousath warned.