RFA Reveals New Chinese Banana Plantation Near Lao Capital That Defies Ban

On an expanse of recently cleared land, laborers prepare seedlings for a new Chinese banana plantation that is taking shape near the Lao capital in defiance of a central government prohibition on such projects.Radio Free Asia located the 30-hectare site about five kilometers (3 miles) ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Lao Front, Phongsavanh Group, farmers jointly produce high quality fruits for export

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The project includes the construction of a basin to store water for agricultural purposes and an artesian well, and installation of electric lines.The Lao Front for National Development (LFND), the Phongsavanh Group and the LFND unit in Xaysomboun provincial organised a ...

News Desk

Laos' APT Trading, Vietnamese cooperative ink deal on fruit farming for export

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Phaiboun Trading Import-Export Company Limited (APT Trading) and a Vietnamese cooperative, Hop Tac Xa Ngoc Lan, on Sunday signed an agreement on the Fruit-related Production and Consumption Project.The project will enable people living in the districts of Xiengkhor, Sobbao and Viengxay ...

News Desk

Studies begin on biodiesel plants in Xaythany district

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The government has given approval for two local companies to conduct a feasibility study on the establishment of a processing plant to produce biodiesel from Vernicia montana seeds and vegetable oil, and a diesel and fuel refinery in Xaythany district, Vientiane.A ...

Phetsamone Chandala

Bananas to top list of agricultural export earners in Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Bananas are expected to be Laos’ leading agricultural export this year despite the government banning an expansion of plantations around the country.In 2017, Laos earned US$167.9 million from banana exports which dipped to US$112 million last year, but the figure is ...

News Desk

Khammuan raises the bar in rice production

KHAMMUAN, Laos (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The agricultural practices commonly employed in Khammuan province are still mostly traditional but farmers are gradually being introduced to modern methods so they can grow better quality rice and earn more money.The introduction of modern equipment is expected to help ...

News Desk

Laos' rice exports expected to fall following 2018 floods

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Laos is anticipating reduced income from rice exports in 2019 in the wake of widespread flooding across the country last year.The country set a target of US$45.6 million for rice exports last year but could only achieve US$31.4 million, according to ...

News Desk

Chinese group inks feasibility study on purchase of Lao fruit

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Buyers from Sichuan province in China are expected to import up to 50 tonnes of fruit from Laos each year including bananas, pineapples and passion fruit.Lao and Chinese businesses have agreed to further cooperate in conducting a feasibility study on the ...

News Desk

Laos seeking sweeter deal on sugar exports to China

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Laos is seeking to significantly increase sugar exports to the Chinese market this year to 100,000 tonnes, up from 55,000 tonnes in 2018.As part of efforts to increase bilateral trade and help sugar producers find foreign markets, the Lao government recently ...

News Desk

Laos urges China to increase rice import quota to 50,000 tonnes

The Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce this week requested China to consider a rice import quota of 50,000 tonnes along with accepting other industrial goods as part of efforts to bolster bilateral trade. The call was made by Minister of Industry and Commerce, Ms Khemmani ...

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