Northern rice farming improvements sow seeds of kao kainoi success in Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Farmers in Laos’ two northern provinces of Xieng Khuang and Huaphan have witnessed increased yields and quality from seven seed varieties of local khao kainoi rice.The Agro-Biodiversity Initiative (TABI) is continuing its programme to assist farmers in the provinces of Xieng ...

News Desk

Govt confirms 1 million tonnes of rice for local market, export

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The government is planning to encourage farmers to produce at least 1 million tonnes of paddy rice for sale in the domestic market and export next year.To ensure the production of rice for export, the government, especially the Ministry of Agriculture ...

News Desk

Rice losses causing harvest shortfall, minister tells NA

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Some 105,206 hectares of ricefields were destroyed by floods during this year’s rainy season, meaning the country will not reach the 2019 production target of 4.4 million tonnes.Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr Lien Thikeo reported the information to lawmakers at ...

Ounkham Pimmata

Floods, water shortages cause cut in rice harvest: minister

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry yesterday defended its decision to lower the rice production target for 2019, saying it was unavoidable because of the severe flooding that had occurred this year and last.At the same time, water shortages are currently ...

Ekaphone Phouthonesy

Lao, Myanmar, Thai companies partner in sale and purchase of rice

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Three companies from Laos, Myanmar and Thailand have entered into a joint venture for the sale and purchase of rice, aimed at improving the circumstances of farmers in the three countries by encouraging them to produce good-quality rice for sale.The initiative ...

News Desk

EDITORIAL: Imported rice is cheaper than rice grown in Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The majority of Lao people eat sticky rice and it is the main staple of the Lao population throughout the country.Over the years the price of rice grown in Laos has become higher and higher and there have never been any ...

Editorial Desk

Lao govt releases stockpiled rice to lower market price

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The government has approved the sale of 2,000 tonnes of stockpiled rice to bring down the high market price after a shortage of supply meant the price of rice rose by over 20 percent above normal.The move is aimed at cutting ...

Times Reporters

Laos limits rice exports due to short supply

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Many agricultural promotion companies in Laos have limited their rice exports because of the supply shortage in the domestic market despite high demand from overseas.High rice prices and the impact of flooding within the country this season are the main reasons ...

News Desk

Lao Govt, international bodies prepare agriculture alternatives for upland production systems 

The Lao government has partnered with the Global Environment Facility and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations to implement the project “Climate Smart Agriculture Alternatives for Upland Production Systems in Lao PDR”. The project’s main objective is to enhance resilience of vulnerable upland ...

Phomphong Laoin

Floods Last Year Cause Rice Prices in Laos to Double

The price of sticky rice is skyrocketing in Laos, in the wake of massive floods in one of the country’s most fertile regions and various other causes, amid rising prices of food in general due to the African swine flu epidemic that has ravaged China ...

RFA’s Lao Service

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