Laos to increase agricultural production areas along China-Laos railway

Xinhua, November 6, 2021

The Lao government has planned to accelerating the allocation of agricultural production areas across the country, particularly priority areas in the provinces along the China-Laos railway and expressway corridors, and provinces with untapped potentials.

According to a Lao News Agency report on Friday, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Phet Phomphiphak told the second Ordinary Session of the Ninth National Assembly on Thursday that his ministry set a focal agricultural development measure for 2022.

The measure is designed to be in line with the ecosystem of crops and animals, that will be farmed for commercial and export purposes, and to attract domestic and foreign investments by devising enabling policies and creating conducive investment environment.

The plan will also focus on boosting the processing industry by building modern facilities, developing production infrastructure including rice mills, sawmills, drying facilities, composting plants, slaughterhouses and goods loading stations at railway stations and applying modern production techniques to cut costs.

"We will continue to coordinate with relevant sectors to create favorable conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises, improve their access to funding and increase exports, especially to China," said Phet.

"At present and in the future, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will focus on promoting livestock production and plantation to ensure income generation for people in rural and remote communities," said the minister.