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 cuts in the price. The reason for this is that large swathes of rice-growing areas are often unable to produce expected yields, either because of prolonged dry spells or flooding. So some parts of the country are unable to grow sufficient rice and vendors take the opportunity of a shortage to raise the sale price. This is a situation that is described in the Lao proverb: “when there’s plenty of water, take it, because when there is none you can’t get any”.