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Borikhamxay limits cassava land to preserve forest areas

Vientiane Times, February 14, 2015

The extent of Cassava plantations in Borikhamxay province has shrunk after the provincial authorities stepped in to prevent expansion. The total area in the province devoted to growing cassava during the 2013/14 season of 13,770 hectares has dropped to about 10,860 hectares in 2014/15 according to the provincial agriculture section. Farmers cut back on the amount of cassava planted as the quality of the soil in some areas went down, section head Mr Keosa Saengvong told Vientiane Times this week. Most of the farmers are not familiar with the techniques required to raise the quality of the soil. Many hectares of forest had been taken over by local farmers for growing cassava, he said.

Public urged to help identify illegal loggers

Vientiane Times, 17 Jan 2015

Accurate information and evidence are essential for bringing to justice illegal loggers and wood traders, and forestry authorities are calling on the public to help in this matter. Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s Department of Forest Inspection, Mr Paphakone Vongxay, recently called for public support when responding to questions on illegal logging put to the National Assembly through telephone hotline calls.

Local authorities: don’t encroach on forest areas

Vientiane Times, 20 Oct 2014

Vientiane province officials have cautioned people living near forest conservation areas not to encroach on them to raise livestock and upland rice. “In the zones of forest conservation we have banned the encroachment, however many places are deforested,” Director of the Agriculture and Forestry Department in Vientiane province Mr Sethxay Vilayphay told Vientiane Times last Thursday.

Encroaching on conservation is prohibited, officials say

Vientiane Times, 17 Oct 2014

If investors are found encroaching on national conservation forest areas or national protection forest areas they will be ordered to cease all activities immediately, according to agriculture and forestry officials. Forest authorities will call the encroachers to their offices and educate them. In cases where they still fail to discontinue their activities after being informed by the authorities, the invaders who are breaking the regulations will be prosecuted under the country’s laws. Director of the Agriculture and Forestry Department in Vientiane province Mr Sethxay Vilayphay told Vientiane Times on Thursday that some investors and local people have planted trees on a few parcels of land within a conservation forest area. “Hinheup district is one of the places in the province where conservation forest is found to be being encroached upon,” he mentioned.

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.

Eucalyptus planting starts before approval granted

Vientiane Times, 2 Oct 2014

Boualapha Agriculture and Forestry Company has already planted some areas of eucalyptus in Hinheup district, Vientiane province prior to being given official approval. The company sent the application documents to Hinheup district and the deputy district governor endorsed the scheme requesting the officials give the request sympathetic consideration. But approval has not yet been granted. A provincial official of the National Resources and Environment Department Mr Ounheuan Keophomma told Vientiane Times on Wednesday that the company was planning to plant over 4,000 hectares with local people involved. The provincial officials are now studying the areas where the company has already planted eucalyptus and the other places where they also wish to plant.

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