Posts Tagged ‘farmers’
May 9th, 2013
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.
April 29th, 2013
Vientiane Times, 29 April, 2013
Authorities are encouraging vegetable growers in Vientiane to grow more organic produce for sale at the twice-weekly market on the That Luang esplanade, to ensure consumers eat healthily. These days many people in Vientiane are recognising the benefits of organic food. Eating vegetables that have been organically grown is better for your health because they are free from potentially harmful chemicals.
September 24th, 2012
Vientiane Times, Sept 24, 2012.
Farmers should form groups if they want to gain more power to negotiate the sale price of their products, a case study has revealed. A study on vegetable markets in Khoun district, Xieng Khuang province, undertaken by the National Agriculture and Forestry Institute found that vegetable growers in Nhoun village were able to sell their crops for higher prices after forming groups.
March 15th, 2012
Vientiane Times, March 15, 2012
Luang Namtha provincial authorities have directed the agriculture and forestry sector to advise farmers not to expand their banana fields into irrigated areas, which are needed for rice cultivation. “In Long district, more than 100 hectares of banana trees have been planted in irrigated areas,” provincial Agriculture and Forestry Department official Mr Thouang Nambongsa told Vientiane Times yesterday. “Bananas require a long time to mature before they can be harvested, whereas rice can be harvested within just three months,” he added.
February 22nd, 2012
CIFOR, February 22, 2012
A recent report by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) urges farmers in Lao People’s Democratic Republic to form cooperatives to help meet market demands as the country transitions from practicing subsistence to commercial agriculture. “Farmers’ cooperatives are the missing link to enable family-based farming enterprises, which are active but not well organized, to respond to increasing market demand for quality products,” said Jean-Christophe Castella, a scientist with CIFOR and France’s Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and lead author of Managing the transition from farmers’ groups to agricultural cooperatives in Lao PDR.
February 7th, 2012
Reuters, February 7, 2012
Premier Wen Jiabao said at the weekend that China’s government failed to give farmers enough protection from land confiscation for what many of them see as paltry compensation. The survey of 1,791 farmers overseen by the Landesa Rural Development Institute, based in Seattle, gave statistical flesh to the extent of complaints over losses of land to commercial development, an issue that triggered a dramatic ten-day confrontation in Wukan Village in Guangdong province last year.
January 9th, 2012
Vientiane Times, January 9, 2012
Saravan province has agreed to allow domestic and foreign investors to set up projects under the ‘two plus three’ system, which does not involve land concessions and is of direct benefit to farmers. Under this system, the investor provides funding, materials and technical support to farmers, who provide the land and labour required, provincial Agriculture and Forestry Department Deputy Director Mr Thongdy Chanthavong explained recently.
December 21st, 2011
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Japan Times, December 21, 2011
Decades after gaining independence, Laos still needs outside support for its agriculture sector, the country’s major industry. The Southeast Asian country, which was mostly covered in dense tropical forests until the 1960s, has been suffering from food shortages and deforestation. The nongovernmental organization Japan International Volunteer Center, or JVC, which is engaged in humanitarian aid in nine developing countries including Laos, Afghanistan and Sudan, has been providing aid to improve the lives of Laotians since 1989. The NGO, a regular recipient of The Japan Times Readers’ Fund, this year received ¥184,191 from the fund to train Laotians in agriculture, and the newspaper is currently soliciting donations from readers to support similar activities by the group.
November 20th, 2011
Land grabbing is a worldwide phenomenon of unprecedented size and speed. From 17 to 19 November, more than 250 small farmers and civil society activists gathered in Mali, for the first international farmers’ conference to tackle land grabs. Here is the declaration that came out of the conference.
Stop Land-Grabbing Now!
November 10th, 2011
Vientiane Times, November 10, 2011
Laos plans to increase the land area certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for sustainable rattan production to boost the income of local families. Laos is first country in the world to have received FSC forest management certification on rattan products as part of the ‘Establishing a Sustainable Production System for Rattan Products Project’. The project carried out in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia aims to establish a sustainable rattan industry by introducing cleaner production and a credible chain-of-custody certification for raw rattan, as well as the establishment of a link to the European market.