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) from the nearest highway in Nasaythong district of Vientiane municipality. A dozen Lao laborers live in shacks in the unshaded field, with no sanitation and just a fetid, muddy puddle of water to bathe in after a day’s work under the watchful eye of two Chinese supervisors.


RFA’s Lao Service