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Vietnam looking to import cattle to meet increasing demands

Vietnam has requested Vientiane authorities to supply up to 400 cattle per day to meet continuing demands for beef there but authorities have asked for more time in supplying the cattle. This follows the two parties signing a contract to export cattle to Vietnam which ...

International visitors top expenditure of regional tourists

International tourists have generated a bigger expenditure in the country over regional tourists, even though regional tourist arrivals were 92 percent higher last year. According to a newly released national statistics report from the Tourism Development Department under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the ...

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, ...

Clean, organic agriculture production set to expand

Expanding clean agriculture production to supply market demands together with improved international market access can serve to catalyse growth in the Lao organic produce sector, an audience including the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry was told on April 20. Director General of Department of Agriculture, ...

Caffeine high as Laos tops South-East Asia's coffee producer rankings

Laos is riding high as largest coffee exporter in ASEAN followed by Vietnam in second place and Thailand third according to figures compiled by the Lao Ministry of Planning and Investment. Coffee is among Laos top export income earners in terms of agricultural commodities, earning ...

Massive land area awaiting UXO clearance

Much work remains to be done in Laos to remove unexploded ordnance (UXO), which continues to be a huge threat to human life and an obstacle to development. Representatives from the government and development partners spoke about this persistent scourge at an event held in ...

UXO explodes killing one, injuring 12

A buried bombie exploded on March 21 in Paek district, Xieng Khuang province, killing one child and injuring five adults and seven other children, officials have said. Three people were seriously injured and are undergoing surgery in the provincial hospital to remove the shrapnel. One ...

Japan gives boost to education in northern Laos

The Japanese government has provided grant assistance for education development in the provinces of Oudomxay, Bokeo, Xieng Khuang and Vientiane. The US$560,000 initiative, through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, will expand and reconstruct school buildings at six primary and secondary schools. Grant ...

Phou Kout Mountain to be major Xieng Khuang tourism attraction

Authorities in Xieng Khuang province are developing the historical site at Phou Kout Mountain as a tourist attraction in the province aside from the well-known Plain of Jars. An official from the province’s Department of Information, Culture and Tourism revealed the project to Vientiane Times ...

Phuan festival bolsters Lao-Thai friendship

The annual Phuan ethnic community festival in Thailand has significantly contributed to maintaining and strengthening the friendship between Laos and Thailand along with conserving the traditions of the ethnic group. Lao Ambassador to Thailand Mr Li Bounkham made the remarks as he joined Nan province ...

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