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Laos to name Savannakhet province a major rice producer
Publication Date : 29-08-2013
Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad advised Savannakhet provincial authorities in central part of Laos this week to make full use of the province's agricultural potential to turn the province into ‘the country's food source'.
The deputy premier, who is in charge of economic affairs, made the comment on August 27 when he lead a team on a working visit to the province, according to a local source.
To turn the province into a major food production centre, Somsavat asked the provincial authority to work on the development of irrigation systems and build reservoirs to ensure sufficient water is available to irrigate farmlands.
In this regard, he suggested the authorities work in partnership with the private sector to invest in and develop these facilities. The goal is to boost food production on a commercial basis and strengthen competitive capability in preparation for regional integration.
To modernise production and ensure greater yields, Somsavat advised the province to introduce machinery into the farm production process.
Provincial officials were also asked to build up the industrial sectors available for processing agricultural products.
The deputy premier suggested that officials focus on environmentally-friendly production based on clean and organic cultivation.
In addition, Somsavat said Lao farm products should meet buyers' requirements by offering quality that matched internationally recognised standards.
He stressed the need to set up research centres that would produce and supply good quality seeds as well as giving technical know-how to farmers.
The province was asked to clearly identify crops that were in high demand and would grow well in the local climate, and then encourage farmers to cultivate them.
Somsavat asked the provincial authorities to draw up plans for human resource development within the sector by working with the Ministry of Education and Sports and other educational institutions.