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China steps in to help control locust plague

The locust invasion in the north has reached plague proportions and despite a chemical spraying campaign their numbers are continuing to grow in Huaphan, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Phongsaly and Xieng Khuang provinces. In an attempt to stop the pests destroying all crops in their path, ...

Huaphan suffers return of locust plague

Almost 200 hectares of bamboo in 40 villages of eight districts in Huaphan province are under attack by the yellow-spined bamboo locust, with the area being sprayed with insecticide to prevent the locusts spreading to croplands. Head of the province’s agriculture sector, Mr Siviengsab Phengphomma, ...

Xamtay to Vietnam road construction expects delays

Construction of a new road connecting Xamtay district in Huaphan province to Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam will not be finished according to plans, say officials of the project. Head of the District’s Public Works and Transport Office, Mr Soukaseum Sonesavat, telephone interviewed by Vientiane ...

Laos, partners agree on education development projects

The government has received support for two education development projects in Huaphan province from the Australian government, European Union, ChildFund Australia and ChildFund Korea, worth a total of almost US$2 million. The two projects are Basic Education Quality and Access in the Lao PDR Non-Governmental ...

New agriculture centre to improve crop production

An agricultural service centre, which began construction in Huaphan province on February 18, aimed to enhance the quantity and the quality of crops and animals produced in the province for export to Vietnam. The agricultural service centre is the largest agricultural cooperation project between Vietnam ...

Project reviews progress of basic education

The steering committee of Basic Education Quality and Access in Laos programme met on February 21 to review progress on the implementation of the project and discussed the BEQUAL plan 2017. The programme seeks to address barriers to effective participation and ensured that all children, particularly ...

Vietnam to provide new hospitals for Huaphan, Xieng Khuang

Huaphan and Xieng Khuang provinces will soon have much-needed modern hospitals funded by the Vietnamese government. Deputy Director of the Planning and Investment Department in Huaphan province, Mr Mayleuy Phimmasone, told Vientiane Times the Vietnamese government had agreed to grant an estimated US$24 million to ...

Northern provinces assess efforts to control locust outbreak

Five northern provinces recently reported on their efforts to prevent and control locust outbreaks in the 2015-16 fiscal year, and announced plans to prevent a further invasion this year. The five provinces are Huaphan, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang, Oudomxay and Phongsaly. More than 4,000 hectares ...

Govt secures World Bank loan for nationwide road upgrades

The government has secured a loan of US$25 million from the World Bank to further strengthen road maintenance and improve road connectivity throughout the country. The Ministry of Finance signed the loan agreement with the World Bank on February 7, with the two parties represented ...

ADB supports health security in Laos, Mekong region

The Asian Development Bank and the government on February 4 signed an agreement for a US$12 million loan and grant package from 2017 to 2022, to bolster health security in 12 provinces of Laos and the Greater Mekong Subregion. The package will support the government’s efforts ...

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